Uncle backs 'survivor' Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius’ uncle says his family will lean on its Christian faith to get through the ordeal of his murder charge.PT1M26S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2et3e 620 349 February 21, 2013
- Courtroom 'genius' reduces officer to stuttering wreck
- Botha blunders: detective admits account adds up
South African police say the lead investigator in the case against Olympian Oscar Pistorius faces attempted murder charges in an October 2011 shooting.
Police Brigadier Neville Malila said on Thursday that detective Hilton Botha is scheduled to appear in court in May on seven counts of attempted murder.
Facing charges of his own ... Hilton Botha Photo: AFP
Brigadier Malila said Botha and two other police officers fired shots while trying to stop a mini-van in the incident.
South Africa's Eyewitness News says Botha and two other officers are due to appear in court in May, the BBC reported.
It is alleged the three were drunk while driving a state-owned vehicle and they opened fire on a mini-bus taxi loaded with passengers.
Oscar Pistorius ... accused of killing his girlfriend. Photo: AFP
The charges were initially dropped but have since been reinstated.
Brigadier Malila said: "We were only informed yesterday that attempted murder charges against Hilton Botha have been reinstated."
It is not clear whether he will continue working on the case.
Shot dead ... Reeva Steenkamp. Photo: AP
On Wednesday, the prosecution case against Pistorius began to unravel with revelations of a series of police blunders and Botha's admission that authorities have no evidence challenging the double-amputee Olympian's claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally. Pistorius faces a charge of premeditated murder.
Meanwhile Botha, said to be an experienced police officer, came in for harsh criticism over his performance at Wednesday's bail hearing for the star athlete.
Called as a witness for the prosecution, he was expected to solidly nail points that would make it difficult for Pistorius, accused of fatally shooting his model girlfriend on Valentine's Day, to secure bail. Instead, his testimony cast doubt on the case against the star athlete.
Pistorius, 26, claims he shot 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder. He denies murdering her intentionally, as the prosecution aims to prove.
But Botha stumbled in his evidence, admitting investigators had walked over the crime scene without protective boots, and had overlooked a bullet that hit the toilet bowl - later discovered by the defence's forensic team.
Botha also appeared to discredit one of the police's own witnesses - who said they heard fighting in Pistorius's house on the night of the murder - by telling the court the house was 600 metres away. He later backtracked, saying it was in fact 300 metres away.
He also testified the substance found in a dresser in the athlete's bedroom was testosterone, which is banned by the International Olympic Committee.
But Pistorius's defence lawyer Barry Roux said the substance was in fact a legal herbal remedy.
"It's a herbal remedy and he can use it and he has used it before."