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Expert: Recent Cape murders appear to be underworld hits

A top Cape lawyer was murdered on Monday, while a hotel manager was shot dead on Tuesday.

Late attorney Noorudien Hassan. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN – A policing expert says two murders in Cape Town this week bear the hallmarks of underworld hits.

On Monday night, prominent criminal defence attorney Noorudien Hassan was shot dead in a car outside his Lansdowne home.

The following day, hotel manager Craig Mathieson was shot dead at a Sea Point hotel.

Policing expert Eldred de Klerk says there are signs both killings may be organised hits.

“What we’re speculating at the moment is that the time of the killings happened quickly after each other, and it seemed to be very well planned and executed. There seems to be no physical evidence.”

Hassan represented alleged gangsters including Ralph Stanfield and Jerome Booysen.

Mathieson worked at Hotel 303 which is owned by Cape Town businessman Mark Lifman.

In both cases, there have been no arrests yet.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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