Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PAPERS

FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland on corruption charges

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France's 'great women' celebrated as two heroines of French Resistance admitted to Pantheon

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Could Johnny Depp be jailed over dog row in Oz?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Burundi's Nkurunziza appeals for 'national solidarity' to fund elections

Read more

DEBATE

Islamic State group advances: Baghdad and Washington trade blame over losses (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Islamic State group advances: Baghdad and Washington trade blame over losses (part 1)

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Irish government clears sale of Aer Lingus stake to British Airways' owner

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Oil companies agree to end crippling strike in Nigeria

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Sweden's Eurovision 'Hero' and French festival 'Papillons de Nuit'

Read more

Africa

Former Pistorius case detective quits police force

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-03-08

A detective once at the centre of the Oscar Pistorius murder investigation has resigned, police said Thursday. Hilton Botha was taken off the Pistorius case when it emerged that Botha faces attempted murder charges in an unrelated incident.

The South African detective, pulled off the investigation of athletics star Oscar Pistorius for murder after it emerged he himself faces attempted murder charges, has resigned from the force, police said on Thursday.

Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, the first officer on the scene after the Valentine’s Day shooting of Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was also criticised for mixing up key facts about the investigation at the “Blade Runner’s” bail hearing.

'We were deeply in love.'

“He handed in his resignation yesterday and it was accepted with immediate effect,” police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila told Reuters. “We are not going into the details.”

Botha, a detective with 24 years experience, is accused of firing on a minibus taxi full of passengers in 2011 while pursuing a man accused of murdering a woman and disposing of her dismembered body down a drain, local media said.

The charges were withdrawn but reinstated on Feb. 4, 10 days before Steenkamp was shot.

The incident has embarrassed the South African police who regularly come under fire for failing to reduce one of the highest crimes rates in the world and dispel perceptions of a force that is poorly trained.

Last week, eight policemen were arrested for tying a Mozambican taxi driver to the back of a vehicle and dragging him to the station.

The video-recorded treatment of the man who later died shocked audiences around the world.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2013-03-07

COMMENT(S)