State vs Pistorius: who said what

2013-02-20 15:22

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Conflicting versions of the events in the early hours of Valentine’s Day emerged in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court during Oscar Pistorius’ bail application. We summarise the key points.

Was it dark?

Oscar said: It was pitch dark in the bedroom and he was too scared to switch on the lights.

Investigating officer (IO), Hilton Botha, said: A witness says the lights at the house were on when he/she checked after hearing the first shots.

Did he put on his prosthetic legs before shooting?

Oscar: Felt “extremely vulnerable” because he wasn’t wearing his prosthetic legs.

IO: Shots were fired from an angle (top down). But during cross-examination he conceded he had no evidence that Pistorius had put on his prosthetic legs before the shooting.

Why was Reeva in the bathroom?

Oscar: When he reached the bed after the shooting, he realised that Steenkamp wasn’t there and that she could have been in the toilet.

IO said during cross-examination: Steenkamp had an empty bladder.

Screaming, fighting

Oscar: There is no mention of a fight or Steenkamp screaming in his affidavit.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel: A witness heard “non-stop fighting” coming from the house between 2am and 3am.

IO: A witness heard shots, followed by screams and more shots.

IO said during cross-examination: The witness’ house was about 600m away.

Defence: No woman’s screams came from the house.

Cellphones on the scene

IO: Saw a firearm on the shower mat. Also saw two cellphones, one under the mat. The iPhones weren’t used to call the police or paramedics. The BlackBerrys hadn’t been used in months.

Defence: IO conceded he didn’t ask if there were other cellphones. He admitted he didn’t check whether Pistorius had called Netcare (911). Defence said a call was made at 3.20am.

Testosterone found

IO: We found two bottles of testosterone and needles.

Defence: “What’s the name of the medication?” the defence asked Botha. IO couldn’t say. Defence said it was herbal medicine. It’s not banned; Oscar can use it.

Crime claims

State: No police record that Pistorius was scared of crime and had been a victim, as claimed in his statement.

Defence: IO confirms Oscar spoke about a burglar at the scene.

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