Oscar may go free because of pics - Botha

2013-06-02 21:49
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Cape Town – The policeman who initially was the lead investigator into the Oscar Pistorius murder case believes the Paralympian could go free because of pictures of the scene.

The leaked pictures of the bloodied bathroom and bullet-riddled door were published by Sky News on Friday.

Hilton Botha, who was one of the first officers on the scene after Pistorius’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead in the Blade Runner’s home, told the Sunday People he believes they were taken within 48 hours of the killing.

Botha said the photos could play into the hands of Pistorius’s defence.

Pistorius, 26, denies murder but admits shooting through the closed bathroom door, believing he was being burgled.

He reappears in court for his next bail hearing on Tuesday.

Botha says the door is critical to the case and he personally ordered it to be removed and sent for analysis.

He said: "It looks like the pictures have been taken one or two days after the scene because on the Saturday [following the shooting] I took it [the door] down and sent it away for forensics.

Botha said the pictures - which also show the door panel smashed in - were not official police pictures and he believed they were taken with a mobile phone.

It means the defence team may have seen raw crime scene photos before they were officially disclosed to lawyers - potentially impeding the police investigation.

Meanwhile, eNCA reports that sports stars and super models are set to feature in Oscar’s trial.

The news channel says on the State’s provisional witness list, are Springbok rugby player Francois Hougaard and model Samantha Taylor.

The list of 27 witnesses also includes a number of Pistorius’s close friends.

Earlier Pistorius received support from an unexpected source - drug trafficker Glen Agliotti, who said it was unlikely that the Blade Runner would get a fair trial.

Agliotti faced prosecution from the same team who are now trying Pistorius.

"I believe they will do anything and everything within their power to try and take Pistorius down, because it's a feather in their cap, it's an endorsement behind their names," Agliotti told eNCA.

"South Africans don’t forgive and they don't forget, so unfortunately for me and for Oscar, you’re almost dead in the water in South Africa because there will always be a stigma attached to you,” he added.

In an interview with The Guardian, Pistorius's aunt, Lois, said he had turned to God for solace and attended church regularly.

"At home he's reading the Bible a lot. Humans make mistakes. None of us is perfect."

His aunt said Pistorius was exercising a lot, adding that they hoped he would compete again some day.



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