Notorious bouncer held for assault

2014-05-26 00:00

THE notorious Durban bouncer known as “The Enforcer” has been arrested yet again while out on bail for the nightclub slaying of patron Craigh Botha last year.

Ten months after Botha was shot and killed, Hector Britts, a Durban fireman and martial arts expert, was arrested on Friday on charges of assault — although The Witness understands that a shooting was also involved.

Using police records, The Witness has established that Britts has been arrested and charged 15 times since 2008 on a raft of charges, including attempted murder and housebreaking. Most charges have been withdrawn.

He was arrested on Friday when he reported to the Newlands police station as part of his bail conditions.

The father of five is due to stand trial for the murder of Botha in August last year during a scuffle at Durban nightclub Rocca Bar.

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

Botha was shot once in the stomach and died hours later in hospital.

Britts was released on bail of R10 000.

According to a police source close to the investigation, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, Britts last week allegedly fired two shots at a man during a brawl.

“A man had intervened in a street fight between Britts’s sister and another man after she had struck him with a bottle. While trying to separate the two he pushed the woman, who called her brother,” he said.

The source alleged that Britts had arrived at the scene of the fight and produced a gun. “He [Britts] fired two shots at the man and then fled. Two spent bullet casings were recovered from the scene and have been checked into evidence.”

The source said it was likely that Britts’s bail could be revoked.

“He is out on bail awaiting trial for another firearm-related crime so he may be held in the awaiting trial section of Westville Prison,” he said.

It is unclear why the case has been registered as assault.

When applying for bail previously, the veteran firefighter said he had been employed by the eThekwini Municipality for the past 13 years and earned R16 000 a month. He had worked for extra money managing security in the VIP section at Rocca Bar and was paid R500 per shift, which helped support his wife, five children and his mother.

Records show that — in addition to a pending case for common assault in Durban Central last year — Brits has also been arrested on the following charges (which were all subsequently withdrawn):

• for shoplifting, assault GBH, and common assault, in separate cases in Newlands in 2011 and 2012;

• for attempted murder in Greenwood Park in 2011;

• for the illegal discharge of a firearm in Durban central in 2010;

• for house robbery in Sydenham in 2009;

• for common assault in Newlands in 2009;

• for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in the Point area in 2008, and another charge there for assault; and

• for house robbery in Brighton Beach in 2008.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that Britts had been arrested on charges of assault and would appear in court today.

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