Six in court for hit on attorney

Criminal lawyer William Booth survived an attempt on his life in April,

Six people appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Monday for the alleged attempted murder of criminal lawyer and Higgovale resident, William Booth.

Cape Town police station spokesperson, Captain Ezra October, said the two women and four men were arrested in Woodstock last week.

Mr Booth survived an attempt on his life in April, when two armed suspects wearing surgical masks fired shots at him while he was in his garage, but missed.

This was the latest in a series of hit-style attacks on attorneys in the city in recent years.

In February this year, a civil attorney from Gardens, Jakes van der Merwe, was shot and wounded in his car. Police said a car pulled up next to Mr Van der Merwe’s car in Constantia Road and a gunman fired two shots, wounding him in the neck. The suspect fled the scene.

In December last year, advocate Vernon Jantjies was shot dead in an apparent hit at a petrol station in Mitchell’s Plain.

In October 2018, another prominent Cape Town advocate, Pete Mihalik was shot dead outside Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard school in Green Point.

In 2016, defence attorney, Noorudien Hassan, was killed after being shot several times while sitting in his car outside his Lansdowne home.

Last Wednesday Cape Town Central SAPS arrested two suspects in connection with the theft of a trailer in the Gardens area who were driving a vehicle with no visible plates.

Members of the licence plate recognition (LPR) User Group CTC Response Group alerted police who spotted the vehicle and made the arrest.