Murder suspect 'gun' pics go viral

2013-08-23 10:25

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Durban - Pictures of a murder-accused posing with what appears to be a gun have gone viral on social media networks, The Mercury reported on Friday.

Hector Britts, 33, is accused of shooting Craigh Botha, 38, at a Durban nightclub earlier in August.

Some of the pictures show Britts with what appears to be gun while he poses with young women.

Other pictures show Britts in a suit and tie brandishing a "gun" while surrounded by similarly dressed men.

Themes

Britt’s wife, Lauren, said the "guns" in the photographs were toys or cigarette lighters either used for theme parties at the nightclub where he worked or taken on their wedding day. "They belonged to our son," she told The Mercury.

"That was taken off my Facebook page and I don't appreciate that."

Family and friends of the victim were outraged.

"I am worried for those girls," Botha's brother Andrew said. He told The Mercury he was disappointed and shocked.

The photographs had been handed over to the authorities.

Shooting

Britts worked as a 'security manager' at the Rocca Bar in Durban on the night of shooting and handed himself over to the police shortly afterwards.

He was initially charged with attempted murder while Botha was fighting for his life in hospital. The charge was changed to murder when Botha died of organ failure a few days later.

Britts now denies killing Botha, saying he doesn't own a gun and doesn't know who shot Botha.

In his affidavit he says he was attacked by Botha and was still in shock when "somebody shot the deceased."

Britts appeared in the Durban Magistrate's Court earlier this week and was released on R10 000 bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for September.

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