Oscar lead investigator replaced

2013-02-21 16:53
Hilton Botha (Picture: AFP)

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Police outline Botha's charges

2013-02-21 14:15

The lead investigator in the murder case against Oscar Pistorius faces attempted murder charges himself over a 2011 shooting, police confirmed on Thursday. Watch. WATCH

Pretoria - The police on Thursday replaced the lead investigator in the murder case against Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, Sky News reported.

The investigation will now be led by divisional commander of detective services Lieutenant General V Moonoo.

The announcement was made by national police commissioner Riah Phieyega.

This move comes after was revealed earlier in the day that there were pending attempted murder charges against Hilton Botha.

According to Sky, Botha and two other officers are alleged to have opened fire on seven passengers in a taxi in an attempt to stop it.

It is claimed that the officers, who were on duty at the time, were drunk, the report said.

They were arrested after the event in October 2011 and charges were initially dropped but were reinstated by the state prosecutor in the days before the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, Sky said.

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