Mon. Jan 25th, 2021

Police seeking information on attorney William Booth’s alleged assailants

Nearly a month after the botched hit, police are making headway in the search for the failed assassins and have released photos of suspects.

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Police have released images of the men suspected of carrying out a failed hit on Cape Town attorney William Booth in April, appealing to the public for help bringing the would-be-assailants to justice. 

Booth, known for his work defending and taking on some of the Cape’s shadiest underworld characters, as well as working on some of the most high-profile murder cases in the province over the last ten years, narrowly escaped with his life when gunmen fired at him outside his Higgovale home on Wednesday 9 April just after 7am. 

Suspects scoped out premises  

Colonel Andre Traut released images of the alleged hitmen, saying that they had been captured on the CCTV footage in the days leading up to the botched attempt on 65-year-old Booth’s life. 

“If you recognise the suspects or the vehicle depicted in the attached images captured with surveillance cameras, kindly establish contact with Colonel Eddie Clark on 0824691531, as the suspects are wanted for attempted murder,” he said on Wednesday 6 May. 

“On the morning of 9 April 2020 at 7:10 two suspects wearing face masks approached the complainant, a 65-year-old lawyer at his residence in Invermark Street, Higgovale, and fired several shots at him. They fortunately missed and the complainant survived the attack.”

“For a period of three days prior to the attack during the morning the two suspects were captured by surveillance cameras in the neighbourhood being dropped off in a white Hyundai Credo (possibly a 2018-2020 year model).”

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GP number plates spotted

Traut said that the vehicle was not fitted with number plates in the front or on the rear, but had a temporary paper number with a GP registration attached to the rear window. 

“One of the suspects was wearing an ostentatious ring on his right hand, and one was wearing Kappa branded clothing,” he added. 

Booth’s narrow escape was undeniably similar to a 2018 incident in which another prominent Cape Town lawyer, Pete Mihalik was gunned down outside his children’s school in Green Point. 

He was shot through the window of his car, while his children were in the vehicle with him. Mihalik had also put his life on the line to work on some truly treacherous cases.

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