Bizarre: Lead Police Investigator in Oscar Pistorius Murder Case of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is Facing Attempted Murder Charges of his Own


The murder case of Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius just got a little more bizarre. Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. However, we now have learned that the lead investigator, Hilton Botha, several other police officers are facing attempted murder charges of their own. The officers were allegedly drunk at the time, were arrested on seven counts of attempted murder in 2009. The charges against the officers had been provisionally withdrawn, but the Director of Public Prosecution reinstated them Wednesday and plans to move ahead on the charges later this year. Hmm, the timing of this is rather curious indeed. Four years after the fact and following the high profile murder case of Pistorius which Botha was the lead investigator, this comes out? Interesting indeed.

As Oscar Pistorius returned to court Thursday to seek bail, the sensational case took a new turn when police said the lead investigator is facing seven counts of attempted murder stemming from an incident four years ago.

That investigator, Hilton Botha, and several other police officers apparently fired at a minibus they were chasing in late 2009, spokesman Neville Malila told CNN affiliate eNCA.

The officers were allegedly drunk at the time, the spokesman said.

They were arrested on seven counts of attempted murder — one for each occupant in the minibus, the spokesman said. They were also charged with using firearms under the influence of alcohol, and all of them appeared in court.

The charges were provisionally withdrawn, but the Director of Public Prosecution reinstated them Wednesday and plans to move ahead on the charges later this year, the spokesman said.

In court Thursday, the prosecutors said neither the state, nor Botha, was aware that he might face attempted murder charges, thinking the case had been dropped.

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    6 Responses to “Bizarre: Lead Police Investigator in Oscar Pistorius Murder Case of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is Facing Attempted Murder Charges of his Own”

    1. NGBoston on February 21st, 2013 6:29 pm

      This is strange… would think Botha wouldn’t have gotten involved in the case with 7 charges of attempted manslaughter by opening fire on a mini bus! Jeez…

      But here is whatnOscar has already lied about!:

      Claiming he didn’t see his girlfriend in bed when he had to go to her side of the bed to retrieve the revolver underneath he fired at the alleged “intruder” with

      Said he hobbled on his stumps to the bathroom door. No…the shots were fired through the door at an angle that would indicate his prothestics were, in fact, ON.

      Do Burglars make a habit of locking themselves in a place they are getting ready to rob, pillage or rape? Tink mostbwouldmescape and flee if caught?

      Oscar says it was dark and he couldn’t see… But several neighbors have testified to:

      Haring arguing and fighting for an hour prior to gunshots, a woman screaming, then more gunshots

      And…a light being turned on which could be seen from windows and the balcony, directly off of the Master Bedroom.

      Look at the floor plans from Pistoriusus home on line. things are not adding up Oscar.

      Why did his brother and father go to the residence on the morning after the shooting ? What were they looking for?

      So bail looks imminent now. Would the former Olympic Medalist risk his entire career fleeing to his house in Italy? not without a stop to withdraw his stashed money from off shore bank accounts first.

      To be continued….. Rumor has it there is more dirt on Oscars family and Oscar himself.

    2. Tamikosmom on February 22nd, 2013 10:28 am

      Magistrate says Oscar Pistorius to be granted bail
      Published February 22, 2013

      Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail and will be freed from custody pending his trial in the Valentine’s Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

      Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair announced his decision Friday after four days of arguments from prosecution and defense in Pistorius’ bail hearing, and after spending about one hour and 45 minutes announcing his decision.

      Nair said Pistorius’ affidavit, in which he gave his version of the events of the shooting on morning of Feb. 14 in a sworn statement, had helped his application for bail in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.

      Nair set the bail at $113,000, with $11,300 in cash and proof that the rest is available. The magistrate said Pistorius must hand over his passports and also turn in any other guns that he owns. Pistorius also cannot leave the district of Pretoria without the permission of his probation officer, Nair said.

    3. Tamikosmom on February 22nd, 2013 12:46 pm

      In South Africa bail is seldom granted in cases where the charge of the prosecution is premeditation murder. Nevertheless … in today’s ruling the judge affords bail to Oscar Pistorius without citing any “exceptional” reason/s.

      Considering there is no jury system in South Africa … considering the judge ultimately renders the verdict … could it be that the writing is already on the wall in regards to the outcome?

      Flashback – February 19, 2013!

      Oscar Pistorius denies charge of premeditated murder
      February 19, 2013, 6:29 a.m

      Under South African law, those charged with a category six offense, the most serious category, must show exceptional circumstances as to why they should be released on bail.

      Read more:,0,5663066.story?track=rss

    4. Tamikosmom on February 22nd, 2013 1:18 pm

      Pistorius sobs, family cheers after bail is awarded
      Date Feb 22, 2013

    5. Tamikosmom on February 22nd, 2013 5:28 pm

      Nevertheless … the judge granted Pistorius!! Unbelievable!!

      We don’t have a gun in the house but … I advised my hubby to make sure that I was not sleeping on the other side of our bed prior to assuming a prowler was was messing around in the bathroom … prior to calling 911.


      South Africa’s Pistorius goes free on $113,000 bail
      Fri Feb 22, 2013

      However, in delivering his nearly two-hour bail ruling, Nair said there were a number of “improbabilities” in Pistorius’s version of events, read out to the court in an affidavit by his lawyer, Barry Roux.

      “I have difficulty in appreciating why the accused would not seek to ascertain who exactly was in the toilet,” Nair said. “I also have difficulty in appreciating why the deceased would not have screamed back from the toilet.”

    6. A Texas Grandfather on February 23rd, 2013 10:59 am

      As the new information comes out about this murder, it will become very clear that Pistorius intended on shooting the young woman.

      Anyone with proper training to carry a firearm would never do the things he says he did. This is just excuses for his behavior. He was mad and possibly on steriods and the rage made him so out of control that he killed her. Then he tried to cover it up.

      We will see if his money and celebrity have an effect on justice. He should have never been given bail. Strike one for justice.

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