Pistorius case is 'open and shut'

File: Former police investigator Hilton Botha believes Oscar Pistorius is guilty. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The former investigating officer in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, Hilton Botha, has described the case as “open-and-closed” in an international magazine interview.

Botha has described to Vanity Fair his first impressions of the case. Botha said he could not see any scenario other than Pistorius shooting Reeva Steenkamp.

“He shot her. That’s it.” Botha said in a Vanity Fair interview.

He said that the logs from the security footage showed Steenkamp had been visiting Pistorius for days. There were no signs of forced entry and the break-in through the bathroom window seemed impossible.

In February, Eyewitness News exclusively revealed that Botha was himself facing criminal charges, which led to him being pulled off the case. Botha is to return to court later this month for a case of attempted murder.
He has left the police and has taken up a construction job. Botha was removed from the Pistorius case after questions were raised about his preliminary work on the investigation and his ability to lead a team on a high-profile matter while facing his own criminal charges. He resigned soon after the move.

The Pistorius trial is due to return to court next month.

The Blade Runner shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his Silver Lakes home during the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

The athlete claims he thought she was an intruder when he shot her through his bathroom door.