Hilton Botha: ‘One of the good guys’

2013-02-21 00:00

WARRANT Officer Hilton Botha, the investigative officer on the murder case against Oscar Pistorius, is a thorough detective who always goes the extra mile.

This is what his colleagues said about Botha yesterday.

Botha (44) has 24 years of service in the police and has been stationed at the Boschkop police station east of Pretoria, since 2008. When necessary, he is the station’s acting commanding officer.

Botha was one of the police officers who caught the murderers of Johan van den Bosch (62) and his wive Cobi (60).

The couple were murdered on Good Friday in 2009 on their smallholding at Mooiplaats, east of Pretoria.

He had to take over the case midway through the investigation in 2011 after the original investigating officer, Sergeant Jaco Botha, died in a car crash.

Akhona Innocent Gini (27) received a life sentence in June last year for the murders, as well as 15 years imprisonment for robbing his victims of their cellphones.

“Hilton is a detective who takes the trouble to catch the criminals,” a colleague said.

“He is a guy who will always help you if you ask him.”

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