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Fresh twist to Oscar Pistorious trial

Posted on Feb 21, 02:17PM | IBNS

Pretoria, Feb 21 : There was a fresh twist in paralympic athlete and Olympic medalist Oscar Pistorious trial Thursday as the chief investigating turned out to be on attempted murder charges himself.

The South African police authorities admitted that they have committed a series of serious blunder while investigating the murder case of Reeva Steenkamp, who has been shot dead by Pistorious.

Chief investigator Hilton Botha, who was handling the case, crumbled under defence cross-examination on Wednesday.

Botha had wrongly claimed to have found boxes of "testosterone" in Pistorius's bedroom and admitted that police had no evidence contradicting the athlete's version of events, reports The Guardian.

On Thursday, there was more embarrassment in store for the South African police as they admitted Botha is himself charged with attempted murder.

Police Brigadier Neville Malila said that Botha is scheduled to appear in court in May.

Botha is facing seven counts of attempted murder. News reports claimed that Both and two other police officers were involved in a drunken incident and have been accused of firing shots from a state-owned vehicle while trying to stop a minivan.

Pistorius, a double leg amputee known as the Blade Runner, facing trial for shooting dead his girlfriend.

Pistorious has admitted shooting dead Steenkamp, 29, while she was in the bathroom of his home on Feb 14.

He claimed he mistook her for an intruder and denied a charge of premeditated murder.