‘Pistorius case thoroughly investigated’

National Police Commissioner General Riah Phiyega. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG – National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has told Eyewitness News she's been assured the case against murder accused Oscar Pistorius has been investigated as thoroughly as possible. 

Pistorius will appear in the North Gauteng High Court for trial next March.

He shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on Valentine’s Day.

While he claims the shooting was an accident, saying he believed his girlfriend was an intruder hiding in the bathroom, the state alleges it was murder.

In February, Eyewitness News revealed that Detective Hilton Botha, the lead detective in Pistorius’s murder case, was himself facing a criminal charge related to a 2011 shooting which led to an international spectacle and many questioning the credibility of the state’s case.

The detective left the police force shortly after the exposé.

The commissioner says she doesn't expect any such problems during next year’s trial. 

“I’ve been assured by my officers that they’ve done the best they could to investigate this matter.”

The three-week trial gets underway on 3 March 2014.

(Edited by Gia Kaplan)