Pistorius detective facing attempted murder charges

By staff writers with AFP, Yahoo!7 February 21, 2013, 5:05 pm

The lead detective in the Oscar Pistorius murder case is himself facing seven charges of attempted murder.

The day after Detective Hilton Botha was subjected to intense questioning from Pistorius's defence team, South African police have confirmed that he is under investigation.

"We were only informed yesterday that attempted murders charges against Hilton Botha have been reinstated," said police spokesman Neville Malila.

According to South Africa's Eye-Witness News, Botha and three other policemen were involved in a 2009 incident when Botha allegedly fired shots at a taxi in an attempt to stop it.

Botha was arrested at the time but the charges were later dropped. They have now been reinstated.

Despite police initially standing by Botha, the National Prosecuting Authority says the detective "cannot continue" his role in the high-profile Pistorius case.

On Wednesday, Botha was questioned by lawyers as Pistorius sought bail in the court case that has gripped the world's media.

Botha told the court of a witness who heard arguing, a woman screaming and gunfire at Pistorius's the night he shot dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

A woman who lives in the same highly secured complex as Pistorius "heard talking that sounded like non-stop fighting from two to three in the morning," hours before she was killed, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said.

Another witness reported hearing gunshots, screams and then more shots, police said.

"We have the statement of a person who said after he heard gunshots, he went to his balcony and saw the light was on. Then he heard a female screaming two-three times, then more gunshots," Detective Botha said.

But Pistorius's legal team disputed these accounts as police said the witnesses were at least 300 metres (nearly 990 feet) from the house.

And the prosecution, which wants to prove that the Paralympian had deliberately planned to kill Reeva Steenkamp, was forced to admit that Pistorius's claim that he mistook her for an intruder matched the crime scene.

"It sounds consistent," Botha said.

Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, was shot three times through the bathroom door early on February 14, with wounds to her head, elbow and hip.

She was declared to have died later by medics who found her covered in bloodied towels and wearing white shorts and a black vest.

Botha was forced to admit police had missed a bullet that hit the toilet basin in their investigation and which the defence's forensic team discovered four days later.

Botha also conceded he did not wear protective clothing in his inspection, which may have contaminated the scene.

Pistorius, the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics in London last year, says he shot Steenkamp by mistake through a locked bathroom door, believing she was a burglar.

"I had no intention to kill my girlfriend," he said in an affidavit read to the court on the first day of his bail hearing Monday.

The case will continue on Thursday (South African time).

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  1. Christian07:28am Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I therefore conclude that it was Botha who did it !!

  2. jimmy2doors05:43am Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    When he gets away with murder jesus will deal with the pig If SA goals are worth ther sast that f-ing pig will die a slow death in there

  3. M. K05:25am Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Yummm . . . Who can resist Oscar Pistachio . . . sooo nutty .

  4. Scozbo03:38am Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I would trust the South African legal system over a bunch of people in Australia that get information from a dodgy media organisation which gets its information from newspapers in another country. If you would convict, or acquit, based on information in a short newspaper article I don't know that you would be fit for jury duty.

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  5. Pedro Bear02:34am Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Fookin prawns

  6. 01:23am Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ladies and Gentlemen and My fellow Innocent People of the World, Oscar Pistorius can never fool the all world because of his influnced of disability or his money. Because he was born to lie and taught how to lied in their family and his is a Actor of a lier. He want to be an influenced of one of American Football star O:J:SIMPSON. Because God knows why he was born in disability otherwise he could have done more than this. But need to be punished.

  7. Cheryl01:02am Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The only person who knows what really happenned is Mr Pist orius? Was he er...pissed at the time maybe? (ie drunk) or something, that he would resort to such an extreme measure if he did think it a burglar & not even think to yell, "Who is it?'. I can help wandering though if Reeva perhaps received a Valentines Day Card from another bloke? Maybe he saw it & that fuelled the madness. Celebs live in a different world to the average joe/jill.

  8. Patrick12:37am Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Common sense doesn't tell you that, your girlfriend is not in bed, maybe it's her, or even ask, is that you honey? Noooo, just shoot, ask questions later. ooops.

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  9. Patrick12:30am Friday 22nd February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Who goes to the bathroom in the middle of the night and locks the bathroom door? Sounds like someone trying to be alone, and get away from any argument or being abused, maybe before leaving out the front door, but unfortunately got shot before they could. Or maybe, a burglar, broke in through the window, and decided to lock the bathroom door so they could steal the toilet paper and soap without someone coming in and catching them???

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  10. Amypendragon11:29pm Thursday 21st February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    So he didn't know she was coming to his house at 3am and she quietly let herself in and then went to the toilet?? Or they were in bed together and she went to the toilet and rather than leaning over to shake her and get her to ring the police, he would prefer to shoot through the toilet door? Judge Judy says if it doesn't make sense it's a lie. True words.