Hilton Botha praised in murder case

2013-06-05 13:04
Hilton Botha (AFP)

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Pretoria - Former police officer Hilton Botha was at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to follow sentencing proceedings in a murder case he investigated, The Star reported on Wednesday.

Botha, who was the original investigating officer in the Oscar Pistorius murder case, was however not at Pistorius's appearance.

Botha attended the sentencing of Jimmy Mahlaba, 26, who murdered 55-year-old Denise Stratford in 2011. Mahlaba was jailed for life and another 20 years for stealing her car.

Botha was charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing shots at a minibus taxi which he believed was carrying a suspect in the case.

The charges against Botha made headlines during Pistorius's bail application earlier this year. He left the police shortly afterwards.

One of Stratford's sons, Duane, told The Star: "We have the highest praise for Hilton and the other police officer regarding how they handled my mother's case.

"They did not only act with professionalism, but also with compassion. This case has also taken its toll on Hilton."

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