Now Pistorius Cop Charged With Murder Attempt
Hilton Botha was arrested in 2011
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 21, 2013 3:15 AM CST
Investigating officer Hilton Botha sits inside the court witness box during the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing at the magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

(Newser) – As questions arise about his claims against Oscar Pistorius, the lead officer in the athlete's case is facing some serious troubles of his own. Detective Hilton Botha has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder, the BBC reports. The charges had been dropped after a 2011 arrest; yesterday, they were leveled again, Sky News reports.

Botha's arrest came after he and two other officers in a government vehicle allegedly opened fire on a packed minibus. They were said to be drunk. Given the charges, "we can take action and see if we remove him from the investigation or if he stays," says a rep for Pistorius' prosecutors. They didn't know about Botha's charges when he took the witness stand, they say. Botha is due for a court date in May, a police rep says.

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Feb 21, 2013 8:47 AM CST
It's not the worst place in the world. The bottom of an active volcano surpasses South Africa. It IS a terrible place. If you dont have razor wire around your house you have a death wish.In South Africa an option for cars is a driverside flamethrower for your protection. Google necklacing.
Feb 21, 2013 8:27 AM CST
And when did ths shooting at the bus take place? Yesterday? 10 years ago? Stupid fkg reporting nowadays. This case is turning into a circus.
Feb 21, 2013 8:23 AM CST
The real lesson here is , Total control equals total corruption It will happen here after all the minions vote to allow gov total control. Obama is heading the US this way, total control.