The lead detective in the Oscar Pistorius investigation took to the witness box again today, despite revelations that he is facing court himself over charges of attempted murder.
Detective Hilton Botha, who gave evidence against the Paralympian on Wednesday, has been dropped from the case after he was charged with seven counts of attempted murder.
The dramatic twist came as Nike confirmed it had suspended its contract with Pistorius. In a statement, the company said: "We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely."
Botha returned to the witness box today to be questioned by magistrate Desmond Nair. He is due to appear in court himself in May, with two other police officers, accused of firing shots while trying to stop a minibus in an incident believed to have happened in October 2011.
Police Brigadier Neville Malila, of the South African Police Service, said officers learned on Wednesday that the charges against Botha and the two others, which had previously been dropped, had been reinstated by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He told Sky News the seven counts of attempted murder only came to light late yesterday afternoon and relate to seven people in the minibus. Asked to explain the charges, Botha told the court the case was dropped, he was not drunk and was chasing suspects.
"Blade Runner" Pistorius was in court today for the third day of his bail hearing. He has admitted shooting 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, thinking she was a burglar or burglars, who were in the bathroom.
He said he opened fire in the dark because he was too scared to turn on a light. Realising his mistake, he broke the door down with a cricket bat and carried her downstairs, he said.
Yesterday Botha acknowledged the prosecution had no evidence challenging the double-amputee Paralympian's claim that he killed his girlfriend accidentally, as well as admitting a number of police blunders in the investigation.
But he said there was "no way" he believed Pistorius' version of events, adding: "I believe he knew she was in the bathroom and he shot four shots through the door."