Could this tiny wound be make or break for Oscar?

2014-05-11 10:30

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A tiny wound on Reeva Steenkamp’s back, no more than 12mm across, could be the difference between believing Oscar Pistorius was a man in fear for his life or of him being exposed as a murderer.

It was CSI Pretoria at his trial this week with the defence finally calling their star ballistics expert, Thomas “Wollie” Wolmarans.

Ironically, however, it was Wolmarans who might have found an important piece of evidence for the prosecution?– something the police missed completely.

To understand how this happened, one has to go back to three days after the fateful Valentine’s Day shooting on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Wollie Wolmarans had just been given the keys to Oscar Pistorius’ home by the police, who had completed their investigation.

He donned a protective suit, unlocked the door and began following the trail of blood to the toilet. Although the toilet door had been removed, Wolmarans nevertheless began an investigation that lasted days.

Late on the second evening, he stuck his hand into the toilet bowl and pulled out a bullet fragment, as well as a piece of a broken tile. The police might have missed it, not thinking that something might have landed up in the bloody water of the toilet bowl.

» Get City Press newspaper today for the full story and to see a graphic of what happened behind the bathroom door.

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