‘Why is he still on the streets?’

2014-05-27 00:00

THESE are the photographs of a gun-toting Hector Britts that have been removed from his and his wife’s Facebook pages, as the family of Craigh Botha, who Britts is accused of shooting dead, protest his release on bail.

The notorious bouncer has once again evaded jail time and is out on bail, having appeared in court on two counts of assault and two for pointing of a firearm during a scuffle in Newlands East last week.

Britts is no stranger to brushes with the law.

He is due to stand in the dock for the murder of Botha, who he is accused of shooting during a brawl at popular Durban nightspot Rocca Bar in August last year.

Britts had been moonlighting as a doorman at the club and had traded blows and allegedly shot Botha while trying to eject him from the club.

Botha’s family and friends have reacted with outrage, insisting that Britts was a “menace to society” after hearing of his arrest and release on more firearm-related charges.

Britts appeared in court on Friday shortly after he was arrested, and not yesterday as previously reported.

Sources close to the investigation told The Witness that Britts is alleged to have fired two shots at a man during a street brawl.

He is understood to have arrived in the midst of the fight and produced a gun, allegedly letting off two shots before fleeing.

Botha’s aunt, Debbie van Wyk, reacted with outrage on hearing that Britts had been released from custody again.

“This absolutely beggars belief and I am astonished as to how he keeps getting away with these things. He has a laundry list of charges against him and he keeps getting away — it is crazy,” she said.

“This is a slap in the face from the justice system and this is a complete travesty. Justice needs to be seen to be done and that is not happening here. For us as a family it is so scary to think that this person is still out there, it is so unfair.”

She added that Botha’s ex-wife, Cindy, had taken time to focus on their daughter.

“Cindy is not as strong as some of us are and she has a little daughter to consider, she doesn’t want to dwell on things. We talk about Craigh all the time and Cindy has taken a step back, she won’t talk about it or attend court,” she said.

Dubbed “The Enforcer” for his career as a mixed martial arts fighter, Britts has had a chequered past characterised by frequent brushes with the law.

According to police records, The Witness has learnt that Britts has been arrested and charged 15 times since 2008 on a raft of charges including attempted murder and housebreaking.

He has a previous conviction for fraud.

Andrew Loubser, a close friend of Botha, said Britts’s release on bail was “absolutely disgusting”.

“When you look at his criminal history you can see he has made a career of this. How is he still out on the street and not locked up for all his misdeeds?” he questioned.

“I pray that the justice system does what it is supposed to do for Craigh and his family as this man needs to be locked up and have the key thrown away,” Loubser added.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

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