Documents reveal State's case against Pistorius

2014-02-21 08:10
An aerial view of the luxury Silver Woods Estate home owned by Oscar Pistorius. (AP)

An aerial view of the luxury Silver Woods Estate home owned by Oscar Pistorius. (AP)

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Johannesburg - Documents obtained by the media have revealed the 13 facts which the State apparently believes will prove that Oscar Pistorius murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year.

Eyewitness News on Friday published the key facts, which emerged following an application to the State by the defence team for further particulars in the case. eNCA also reported on the details.

The National Prosecuting Authority told AFP on Thursday that it had not leaked the documents, but said it had handed Pistorius's defence team all the evidential material it had.

NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube later tweeted: "The document currently being circulated by the media is not a public document… It is not a public document as it has not been signed by any NPA officials particularly the prosecution team… As such will not comment on the contents thereof."

The document details how the State will use statements from neighbours, forensic analysis of the scene, ballistics evidence and the post-mortem result to attempt to prove Pistorius is guilty of murder.

The facts are:

- Evidence from a neighbour who stated she heard what she thought was arguing in the early hours of 14 February 2013.

- Testimony from two witnesses who heard a woman scream before shots were fired.

- Testimony from another two witnesses who heard shots followed by a woman's screams, and then further shots.

- An analysis of Pistorius's website browsing during the evening, which the State believes is in contrast to that of a loving couple spending time together.

- Analysis of the shots fired through the bathroom door, which indicate intention to kill the person behind the door.

- Evidence relating to the position and condition of the gun in the bathroom.

- Pistorius's own statement that he shot through the door without ascertaining who was behind the door.

- The fact that Steenkamp was clothed when she was shot.

- The fact that Steenkamp was standing up and facing the door when she was shot.

- Post-mortem result indicating Steenkamp had something to eat hours before being killed.

- The presence of cellphones in the bathroom is apparently in contrast to her innocently going to the toilet in the middle of the night.

- Pistorius breaking down the toilet door, and the way in which he did it.

- Pistorius's version of events is "not reasonably possibly true", and the facts will prove murder with direct intent, says the prosecution.

On stumps

eNCA reported on Thursday that prosecutors believe Pistorius was most likely on his stumps when he shot Steenkamp, and was closer to the bathroom door than previously thought.

There is also apparently evidence that security guards at the luxury complex where Pistorius lived phoned him after the shooting to see if everything was in order. He allegedly failed to report the shooting incident to them, telling them everything was fine.

According to eNCA, prosecutors apparently have no clear idea what the motive for the shooting may have been, or what Pistorius and Steenkamp had been arguing about before the shooting.

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