The lead detective in Oscar Pistorius' murder case is facing
attempted murder charges for opening fire at a minibus
containing seven people, a South African police spokesman
Brigadier Neville Malila said Hilton Botha, who took the
stand against Pistorius at a bail hearing this week, is due
to appear in court in May.
Domestic news service SAPA said Botha was accused of shooting
at the minibus in 2009 when it failed to heed his orders to
stop, although the charges were later provisionally
The charges were reinstated on Wednesday, Malila said,
without providing further details.
Under cross-examination at the paralympic star's bail
hearing, Botha was accused of contaminating the crime scene
in Pistorius' house and had to backtrack on key details such
as the distance of witnesses from the home.
Lead defence counsel Barry Roux accused the police of
oversights and slip-ups in their initial investigation.
Pistorius has been charged with shooting dead his girlfriend
in the early hours of Valentine's Day.