Britts: look into past charges

2014-06-11 00:00

THE state wants to interview some of the complainants who have laid other charges against murder accused Hector Britts.

Britts, who is on trial for killing Craigh Botha at Rocca bar in August last year, is out on R10 000 bail.

Durban magistrate Farieda Mohammed yesterday postponed the matter to July 10 to allow the state to “look into the other 13 charges” Britts had faced in the past.

Prosecutor Calvin Govender told the court that the charges against Britts, which are not related to the current murder charge, include attempted murder, housebreaking, pointing of a firearm and assault.

Govender said some of the charges were resolved through Alternate Dispute Resolution.

“The state is looking at interviewing some of the complainants in the matters,” said Govender.

Britts’s lawyer Ridewaan Sayed said the state had had enough time to look into the other matters. However, he agreed to the adjournment.

Magistrate Mohammed said this was a final adjournment for the state to look into Britts’s previous charges, and extended his bail.

Explaining the charges outside the court room, Sayed told The Witness that when his client was charged with murder he had already had several brushes with the law.

“Some of these charges referred to by the state date back to 2001. Now the state is looking at bringing some of these charges [those that were resolved] back on the roll,” he said.

Botha died in hospital of multiple organ failure following major surgery, a week after the shooting incident.

Botha’s family said what they needed was closure. His sister, Lindy Beyers, said although it was painful, the family would wait for the finalisation of the matter and hoped justice would be served.

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