Oscar family 'respect process'

Oscar Pistorius's family say they and the athlete "fully respect the bail hearing process and the sequence of events leading up to this point." It comes after the lead detective was replaced after it was revealed he is facing attempted murder charges

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'We are strong and supportive for Oscar' say family

Oscar Pistorius' family have issued a statement this evening, saying that it is a "unique, emotional and difficult time" for them.

Arnold Pistorius, uncle of Oscar Pistorius, said:

Oscar Pistorius and his family fully respect the bail hearing process and the sequence of events leading up to this point. They understand it is in the full interest of justice that the process associated with the bail application be followed in its entirety.

We are strong and supportive as a family, for Oscar, but we understand that this is in the best interest for all.

This is a unique, emotional and difficult time for us all. Our hearts and thoughts are with the family of Reeva Steenkamp during their time of bereavement.

– Arnold Pistorius


Lead investigator in Pistorius prosecution replaced

National Commissioner of the South African police service Credit: APTN

The South African police service have announced they will replace the lead police officer in the Oscar Pistorius prosecution case.

Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said Detective Hilton Botha has now been replaced by a senior detective in the South African Police Service. Making the annoucement she said:

"This matter shall receive attention at a national level."


Timing of charges against detective 'raises questions'

Police in South Africa confirmed that the lead investigator in the murder case against Oscar Pistorius faces attempted murder charges himself over a 2011 shooting.

Detective Hilton Botha, who gave testimony in the hearing yesterday, has had the charges against him reinstated, according to police.

Prosecutors said they were unaware if the charges against Botha when they put him on the stand. Police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila said the timing of the charges raise questions and he said he did not know how the prosecution's case will be affected.

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