'No evidence' of Pistorius burglar claim

2013-02-19 10:31
Members of the media at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.  (@JacqueSteenkamp, Twitter)

Members of the media at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. (@JacqueSteenkamp, Twitter)

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Pretoria - There was no possible information to support Oscar Pistorius's version that he mistook his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar, the State submitted at his bail application in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"There is no possible information to support his version that it was a burglar," said State prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Steenkamp, who was found dead at Pistorius's home in Pretoria last Thursday, had arrived at the house between 17:00 and 18:00 on Wednesday night, 13 February, Nel submitted to a packed court.

With Pistorius looking down, Nel said there were two people in the house.

Her overnight bag was there and a cosmetic bag was left in the bathroom.

Door broken open

He said Steenkamp was shot three times behind a closed bathroom door.

"The door was broken open from the outside," Nel told the court.

With Pistorius still looking at the floor, Nel said the State would say that the door was locked.

Nel said Steenkamp's body was carried downstairs.

He said Pistorius then said to a friend he thought she was a burglar.

Nel wanted to know why a burglar would lock himself in a bathroom.

"We say this in itself constitutes pre-meditated murder of a burglar," said Nel.

When he finished his argument, Pistorius' lawyer Barry Roux stood up to argue why Pistorius should be granted bail. 

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