Crime

Ex-South Africa football star Killed by two hit-men

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A former South African football star who was told by Oscar Pistorius would ‘break his legs’ in a row over a woman, has been shot and killed outside his home in a suspected hit.

Police said they have opened a murder investigation after Mark Batchelor was gunned down as he was driving into his home in Olivedale, Johannesburg, at around 6pm.

Batchelor was shot through the window of his car by two men riding motorbikes, police added.

Pictures being circulated on social media show the bullet-riddled windshield of Mr Batchelor’s vehicle.

Pictures being circulated on social media show the bullet-riddled windshield of Mr Batchelor's vehicle

Pictures being circulated on social media show the bullet-riddled windshield of Mr Batchelor’s vehicle

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Former football player Mark Batchelor, who was in court at the Oscar Pistorius case, on October 12, 2014. He previously claimed Pistorius had threatened to break his legs in a dispute over a woman

Former football player Mark Batchelor, who was in court at the Oscar Pistorius case, on October 12, 2014. He previously claimed Pistorius had threatened to break his legs in a dispute over a woman

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Mark Batchelor (pictured left) looks on as South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (pictured right) walks past on day four of sentencing procedures at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, on 16 October 2014

Mark Batchelor (pictured left) looks on as South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius (pictured right) walks past on day four of sentencing procedures at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, on 16 October 2014

Pistorius shot dead Reeva Steenkamp (pictured) in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the locked door of his bedroom toilet, later saying that he thought she was an intruder

Pistorius shot dead Reeva Steenkamp (pictured) in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the locked door of his bedroom toilet, later saying that he thought she was an intruder

The former Kaizer Chiefs player died at the scene. The motive for the attack is not known.

Mr Batchelor has previously claimed the athlete once threatened to break his legs after believing he had slept with his then girlfriend Samantha Taylor. 

The former striker, was present during Mr Pistiorius trial where he was convicted of culpable homicide – the equivalent of manslaughter – in 2014, but his conviction was upgraded to murder on appeal.

Batchelor would regularly sit with Steenkamp’s family during proceedings. 

Pistorius shot dead Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day in 2013 when he fired four times through the locked door of his bedroom toilet, later saying that he thought she was an intruder.

Former striker Mr Batchelor played for a number of clubs in South Africa , including Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

He is perhaps best remembered for being part of the Pirates team that won the African Champions League tournament in 1995.

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