Detective Hilton Botha, the lead detective in the Oscar Pistorius inquiry, has resigned. South African police have confirmed that Detective Botha was dropped from the investigation in February due to the fact that he himself is facing seven charges of attempted murder.
Police spokesperson Neville Malila said Detective Botha and two other officers are due to appear in court in May to face charges that they opened fire on a minibus loaded with passengers two years ago.
Hilton, a detective with 24 years experience, was the first officer to arrive at the crime scene but has since been accused of mishandling the case. He was criticised for giving contradictory evidence and for amending his testimony at Oscar”s heated bail hearing two weeks ago.
Paralympic champion Oscar was granted bail over the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after the magistrate said they didn”t believe Oscar was a flight risk, nor that he had a violent character.
“Blade Runner” Oscar, 26, was charged with the murder of South African model and law graduate Reeva, 29, after she was shot dead at his home on Valentine”s Day.
Oscar says he mistook Reeva for a burglar when he fired multiple shots in her direction. She was in the bathroom in his Pretoria apartment at the time of her death.
Oscar will return to court in June.