Pistorius family satisfied with hearing

2013-02-21 07:26
Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee, brother Carl and father Henke, are seen in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on the second day of his bail hearing. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee, brother Carl and father Henke, are seen in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on the second day of his bail hearing. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Pretoria - Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius's family defended the athlete in a statement after his bail hearing on Wednesday.

"The Pistorius family is satisfied with the outcome of today's [Wednesday's] proceedings with reference to Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing," the athlete's PR company Stuart Higgins Communications said.

Pistorius was arrested on Thursday after his model and law graduate girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his home in Silver Woods country estate, in Pretoria.

He was charged with murder on Friday.

Pistorius spent a seventh night in police cells as his bail bid was rolled over to Thursday.

'A tragic accident'

"The investigating officer Hilton Botha confirmed during cross examination that the known ballistic and forensic evidence found on the scene where Reeva Steenkamp sadly lost her life was consistent with Oscar's version of events that the incident was a tragic accident," said the statement.

Pistorius said he thought there was an intruder in the house then realised it was Steenkamp.

On Wednesday, Pistorius's defence lawyer advocate Barry Roux attacked the police's initial investigation report on the shooting, which the State alleges was pre-meditated murder.

Botha earlier said the State would show through witness statements and phone records that there had been fighting before the shooting, but the autopsy showed that Steenkamp had no defensive wounds.

The Pistorius family on Wednesday said that no banned substance was found at the athlete's house.

"The IAAF will have records of every single drugs test that was undertaken in and out of competitions. He has been tested on a number of occasions during the last couple of years and he has never failed a drug test to date," his uncle Arnold Pistorius said in the statement.

The family said he was not a flight risk because of "Oscar's iconic status internationally".

Former girlfriend

Meanwhile, the family of Pistorius's former girlfriend, Cape Town marketing student Samantha Taylor, 19, said in a separate statement her family would not comment on the case.

"To date the Taylors have not made any comment to the media in the Oscar Pistorius case, other than to express their sincere condolences to the Steenkamp family in the devastating loss of their daughter, Reeva," the statement read.

In November 2012, Taylor told the City Press newspaper that she had been dating Pistorius for a year-and-a-half before they broke up.

Pistorius arrived at the SA Sports Awards in November with Steenkamp, who was quoted as saying they were "just friends".

- See News24's Pistorius Special Report.

- SAPA

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