Notorious bouncer ‘pulled gun on wife’

2014-05-28 00:00

DURBAN’s most feared bouncer — already facing a string of charges, including murder — allegedly pistol-whipped his own wife last month, but is still a free man.

Yesterday, The Wi tness revealed that ex-firefighter Hector Britts — the subject of 15 arrests in seven years — received bail for yet another assault on Friday, despite being on bail for the murder of nightclub patron Craigh Botha late last year.

The Witness has since learnt that his wife, Lauren Britts, sought help from police in April after alleging he had assaulted her and threatened her with a gun.

Police sources said “The Enforcer’s” wife had since withdrawn charges against her husband, but not before heavily armed police descended on their Newlands East home searching for the weapon and interrogating the professional fighter and murder accused.

The doorman is out on bail for both the murder of Botha and another shooting incident in Newlands last week, during which it is alleged that he had assaulted and fired shots at a man.

Britts is understood to have intervened in a street brawl involving his sister and the man, and as events escalated, produced a gun and fired shots in the direction of his unarmed opponent.

An embattled Britts appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Friday and was released on bail.

Botha’s family and friends expressed their anger at his release on yet more charges for firearm-related violence.

Britts has a blighted past with the law, and a detailed criminal history that includes allegations of armed robbery and attempted murder, as well as conviction for fraud.

Most charges against Britts have been withdrawn, as the seemingly Teflon firefighter continues to live his life as a free man.

A well placed police source, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, confirmed that officers had raided Britts’s house after his wife laid charges against him.

“We raided his home but we were unable to recover the firearm that he was alleged to have used during the assault. His wife withdrew the charges before any further investigation into the matter could take place,” he said.

The source added that rumours that Britts had been in possession of an illegal firearm were well known.

“It is common knowledge in this area that Hector carries an unlicensed gun but when the house was searched it was not there. There are even rumblings that he would carry the weapon to the police station when he reported as part of his bail conditions,” he added.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed that a case of assault and pointing of a firearm had been opened.

“We can confirm an incident that occurred on April 19, 2014 at about 6.30 am where a 25-year-old woman was allegedly assaulted and pointed with a firearm at Barracuda Road, Newlands East.”

“The motive of the incident is unknown at this stage. A case of assault and pointing of firearm was opened at Newlands East police station for investigation and charges against the suspect were later withdrawn,” he said.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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