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Cape Town - Controversial Pastor Albern Martins was shot and killed outside Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court this morning.
Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Eric Ntabazalila confirmed that Martins was shot outside the court, where he was due to appear on an abalone-related matter.
It was not clear at the time of going to press who shot Martins, or whether anyone had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Martins has been on trial with his wife and son for allegedly dealing in drugs and abalone.
Martins, of Blackheath, was arrested by the police’s organised crime unit with his son, Andrew, his wife, Minnie, and Spencer Pietersen during an undercover drug operation eight years ago.The accused are all out on bail.
Police also alleged that Martins ran an abalone processing operation from a Ravensmead house.