Court bounces bouncer in breach of privacy case against journos, police
A man whose criminal history was outlined in court, then published, has had all but his defamation case rejected
Former Durban fireman and nightclub bouncer Hector Britts has lost his case against two journalists and the police minister, who he accused of breaching his privacy by disclosing his criminal history.
Charmel Payet and Jeff Wicks, who were writing for Durban’s Sunday Tribune newspaper, published a full list of Britts’s skirmishes with the law, including matters in which charges had subsequently been withdrawn against him, at a time when he had been arrested on a murder charge.
Britts, a martial arts expert, had handed himself over to police on August 7 2013, after the shooting of Craig Botha during an altercation at Rocca Bar, where Britts worked. ..