Lead Investigator Booted In Pistorius Case

Source: Robyn Curnow, Michael Pearson and Ed Payne / CNN


Pretoria, South Africa – The bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius wheeled toward the bizarre Thursday with the revelation that the lead investigator in the case against the famous Olympic sprinter is facing attempted murder charges.

The South African Police Service pulled lead investigator Hilton Botha from the case after prosecutors reinstated attempted murder charges against him in a 2011 incident. Botha is accused of seven counts of attempted murder in an incident in which he and other officers allegedly chased and fired on a minibus full of people while drunk.

Prosecutors are trying to keep Pistorius jailed pending his trial on a charge of premeditated murder in the February 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, 29. The hearing ended Thursday with no decision on bail and is scheduled to resume Friday.

It’s unclear what impact the accusation involving Botha will have on the case against Pistorius, the acclaimed Paralympic and Olympic sprinter known for running on prosthetic carbon fiber blades in place of legs amputated when he was a child.

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