Scott-Crossley’s former advocate says justice has been done

The advocate who represented Mark Scott-Crossley in the so-called ’lion murder trial’ on Thursday said he...

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The advocate who represented Mark Scott-Crossley in the so-called ’lion murder trial’ on Thursday said he was glad his erstwhile client was now a free man. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Wednesday was Scott-Crossley’s last day of parole after he was released from prison in 2008.

Scott-Crossley was initially convicted of murdering farm worker Nelson Chisale in 2004 by throwing him to lions but the ruling, and his life sentence, were later overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Scott-Crossley was vilified in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> and around the world when he stood trial for Chisale’s murder in 2005 but his then Advocate Johann Engelbrecht maintains he should never have been convicted or given a life sentence.

Engelbrecht said the Supreme Court of Appeals made the right call in 2007 when it convicted him of the lesser crime of accessory after the fact and gave him a five year jail sentence.

Engelbrecht believes justice has been done and said Scott-Crossley’s strict adherence to his parole conditions proved he was ready to rejoin society.