Kwazulu-Natal police have confirmed the fatal shooting of senior state advocate Addelaid Ferreira-Watt who was shot at the regional court in Ixopo in what appears to be a freak accident on Monday.
The court was in session when a firearm brought to court as evidence went off and struck Ferreira-Watt on her thigh.
She was then rushed to hospital where she was declared dead.
South African Police Service KZN spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker says a case of culpable homicide is being investigated.
The court was in session and a house robbery case was on trial. One of the exhibits was a shotgun which was stolen during the house robbery.— Brigadier Jay Naicker, Spokesperson
In the afternoon when the firearm was about to be handed in to court as evidence, a shot went off from the shotgun and struck Advocate Watt on the left thigh, she was then rushed to hospital where we were informed that she later passed away.— Brigadier Jay Naicker, Spokesperson
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