The state’s case

2013-02-20 00:00

THE state submits that these are “objective facts”.

n There were two people in the house on the evening of February 13/14 — Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp, who were in a relationship.

n Steenkamp arrived between 5 pm and 6 pm and planned to spend the night.

n An overnight bag was found in the main bedroom and a washbag in the bathroom (the crime scene).

(In response to this, advocate Barry Roux, for Pistorius, said: “So what? She was his girlfriend.”)

n The deceased was shot three times while she was in the toilet behind a closed door.

n The bathroom and toilet are about seven metres from the main bedroom and on the top floor.

The main entrance and living room of the house are below.

n A passage leads from the bedroom to the bathroom.

n The house is in an secure complex with 24-hour security.

n The door to the toilet was broken open from outside — the only reasonable explanation is that it was locked and could not be opened.

n Pistorius gained entry to the toilet and carried Steenkamp to the ground floor, where he met security guards.

n The main door of the house was not locked.

n Pistorius told a friend/his sister he thought it was an intruder.

The state submits that this was part of his pre-planning to use a firearm. Why would an intruder lock himself in the bathroom, asked prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

n There might have been a row between Pistorius and Steenkamp.

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