A prominent South African lawyer has been shot and killed in court after a gun presented as evidence in the trial went off.
Addelaid Ferreira-Watt died after the shooting at the Ixopo Regional Court on Monday when the shotgun dropped and shot her in the left hip, News24 reported.
Court staff tried to stop the bleeding, but the 51-year-old lawyer later died at the hospital. South African police are investigating a possible case of culpable homicide and are working to find out why the shotgun was still loaded.
A lawyer friend of Watts said, “The weapon and the ammunition that it had contained at the time of the alleged crime should have been submitted in separate evidence bags, so someone is in big trouble.”