Lawyer killed during courtroom trial in freak accident

Nellie Chapman
November 21, 2019

Addelaid Ann Ferreira-Watt died Monday after a gun brought inside a courtroom accidentally discharged, a report says.

"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", a police spokesman told the website.

Ms Ferreira-Watt, believed to be aged in her 50s, later died in hospital.

Now police are treating the case as culpable homicide as they investigate why the weapon was allowed into Ixopo regional court fully loaded. You filled my life with love and humour.

"Her untimely passing is mourned by all, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this hard time".

"We will miss you terribly". Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this hard time.

Lindsay Ann Watt, who appears to be Watt's daughter, updated her Facebook photo the day after her mother's death.

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"Addelaid you were an unbelievable woman and loved immensely I just hope they find this f***er who did it. Lindsay our thoughts are with you".

One of Watt's Facebook friends shared a photo of her in her lawyer's robe on Tuesday, along with some touching remarks.

"I am very saddened to hear this news and hope that my dad will be there to receive you and you can reminisce together".

"Addelaid Ferreira Watt you were a one in a million loved by all".

Elaine Zungu, director of public prosecutions in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal, confirmed Watt's death on Monday. You had me in absolute stitches! "Rest in peace", Jacobs wrote.

Several people, including former Hawks KZN boss Johan Booysen, have expressed their shock at Ferreira-Watt's death.

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