Tuesday, 19 November 2019 12:15

Senior state advocate Addelaid Ferreira-Watt has died after she was shot at the regional court in Ixopo, Kwazulu-Natal, after a gun displayed in court as evidence, was accidentally discharged.

KZN police confirmed that a case of culpable homicide was being probed after the apparent freak shooting.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said the weapon was brought to court as evidence.

"It is alleged that the weapon was brought to court to be entered as evidence in a house robbery case when it accidentally discharged in court."

 He said that the 51-year-old later died in hospital. "She was taken to hospital after she was struck by a bullet on the left of the hip."
 
"Unfortunately, we cannot divulge further information as the investigations are at a sensitive stage," he said.
 
Meanwhile the National Prosecuting Authority said Ferreira-Watt's death was deeply mourned.
 
KwaZulu-Natal director of public prosecutions Elaine Zungu said "Her untimely passing is mourned by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. The family has requested that their privacy be respected." 
 

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