Steenkamp's skull 'was crushed'

2013-02-17 11:06

Pretoria - South African police have found a bloodied cricket bat at the home of Oscar Pistorius, a local newspaper reported Sunday, following the Valentine's Day killing of his model girlfriend.

The star Olympian and Paralympian athlete was charged on Friday with the murder of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp who was shot dead at his luxury Pretoria home in a case that has gripped the world.

Police sources close to the investigation told the independent City Press newspaper that Steenkamp's skull had been "crushed".

"There was lots of blood on the bat," one source told the paper.

Police are investigating whether the bat was used to assault Steenkamp, who was shot four times in the early hours of Thursday, or if she used it to defend herself.

Police have dismissed initial suggestions that Pistorius, 26, could have mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder, and City Press said she was wearing a nightie at the time of the killing.

"The suspicion is that the first shot, in the bedroom, hit her in the hip. She then ran and hid herself in the toilet... He fired three more shots," a police source told City Press.

Pistorius - a national icon who inspired people around the world when he became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympic Games last year - is spending the weekend in a police cell after being charged with murder.

He is due to apply for bail at a new court hearing on Tuesday, the same day a memorial service will be held for his slain girlfriend.

Pistorius, who had been going out with Steenkamp since late last year, faces a life sentence if convicted of premeditated murder, as alleged by state prosecutors.

His family have indicated that the star athlete, who broke down sobbing during his initial court appearance on Friday, would plead not guilty.

"We have no doubt there is no substance to the allegation and that the state's own case, including its own forensic evidence, strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all," his uncle Arnold Pistorius said in a statement on Saturday.

  • cynthia.biljoen - 2013-02-17 11:09

    From hero to zero in my eyes Oscar! Nobody deserves to die like this! You have some serious anger issues which you can work on, behind bars!

      veda.nieuwoudt - 2013-02-17 11:25

      Wilma, I sincerely hope you say the same when it comes to the rest of the murderes and rapists awaiting tria. or are you one of those who screams for the death penalty when it's a farm murder. Same thing. A murder is a murder. Why do you choose not to judge Oscar? Because he is famous? Double standards much?

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-17 11:29

      Wilma - God can have him after the courts and prison system have done their job. I am just blown away by the of christian aunties that just cannot see what is going on here. Man murders girlfriend in jealous rage and you lot are quoting bible verses to excuse it.

      cynthia.biljoen - 2013-02-17 11:37

      There is no justification for what happened . Is he going to plead temporary insanity??? Reeva is DEAD!! That is irreversible!! My heart goes out to her parents :-(

      lownabester - 2013-02-17 11:41

      Wilma, who is the 3rd person??? We have all the evidence we need to be the judge and jury here.

  • musamoyo2004 - 2013-02-17 11:11

    Now we getting somewhere.

  • anitaj2010 - 2013-02-17 11:12

    Chickens coming home to roost. Oscar should just come clean and tell the world exactly what happened that morning and his folks should stop trying to defend the indefensible. The truth will set you free Oscar (not literally though).

      larry.hannigan.31 - 2013-02-17 12:07

      @flysouth, do some research, 'road-rage' is a myth. You make wild generalizations! All sportsmen appear to be deeply contaminated by drugs? Pffft

  • mgratitude1 - 2013-02-17 11:13


  • melt.olckers - 2013-02-17 11:20

    What role did steroids play in this?

  • janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-02-17 11:22

    OH OH, not looking good at all!!

  • anita.mcgill.90 - 2013-02-17 11:22

    I must say, I'm very hesitant to believe anything the media reports at this early stage. On Thursday morning they said it was an accident, now he's a cold-blooded murderer. Think I'll wait for a police statement.

      littlejohn.galloway - 2013-02-17 12:06

      The media is reporting it as it happens. They were quick to print the police refute about the 'intruder' story. I bet that was the first thing Oscar said when police arrived. This man is guilty, no one needs to 'sit back and wait' the only new bit of news will be what 'drove' him to it, and if there is even mention of 'stress induced' he can take a long walk off a short peer.

      kavin.naidoo - 2013-02-17 13:06

      I think it was Oscar who reported it as an accident. Read the articles before commenting

  • Tsongachild - 2013-02-17 11:22

    Its been a long weak just shows poverty is not the only thing that contributes to crime. Mr O u have been my hero for long but now be a hero tell the truth

  • solomon.shingange.9 - 2013-02-17 11:23

    This uncle of Oscar is heartless indeed. All he cares about is Oscar career. He took a life away from a daughter, Lawyer, friend and actress etc. He's gonna pay, no way he can duck the bullet this. Shot temper my foot. It was a deliberate shooting. It it obvious. Persecute that man.

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-17 11:32

      The uncle's story is pathetic, I agree.

  • polite.mkhonto.3 - 2013-02-17 11:25


      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-17 11:34

      mixed in with jealousy and a supreme sense of entitlement, it is the root of most domestic murders

      ben.louw.5 - 2013-02-17 12:00


  • aaliyha.ceresa - 2013-02-17 11:26

    If she was shot in hip ,and ran locked her self in bathroom which means she did scream and he knew it was her! Also she was wearing a nightie which means she was in bed with him , so she never jumped threw a window she was in the house,in the room ,in the bed! HE BLOODY KNEW WHAT hE WAS DOING! CASE CLOSED

      tonia.rowland - 2013-02-17 12:08

      I just can't see how you can he fire 4 shots and not knowing after the 1 st shot he shot his girl friend she must have screamed the first time and he must have heard her screaming!! now there is a cricket bat also in the picture so the truth is starting to reveal it self! It does not look good at all! This is just sad that such a young and beautiful lady had to go through something so horrible its a thriller Sa is now rated as one of the most dangerous country's! They must bring the death penalty back, does not matter what raise you are a life for a life!This is how it should be regardless of your fame all criminals should be treated the same!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-02-17 11:27

    we are reading a horror book. only this time its real.

  • frank.grootboom - 2013-02-17 11:27

    I would reserve judgment until Oscar told the courts what really happened on that tragic morning. The investigation has to undergo its normal process coupled with all the evidence. There is so much different sides to what really happened and we continuely have to rely on bits and pieces of things coming out. I still believe innocent until proven guilty by a court of law! In the end a beautiful live was taken and the guilty person must pay for that live taken to soon!

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-17 11:41

      there are not different sides - there is a dead body, shot and beaten and boyfriend with known anger & jealousy issues. FFS - the family are denying murder?? That is not a version of events, that is a group of people in denial

      littlejohn.galloway - 2013-02-17 12:10

      There is only one side. It is open and shut. This my friend is one time we all can say we know the result before the ruling.

      infijar.ken - 2013-02-17 12:24

      John, from what I have read, they are not denying murder, they are denying premeditated murder!

      frankgerald - 2013-02-17 13:19

      John Silver "FFS" is really not necessary. You cannot find anyone guilty in the media,we don't have or know all the facts and evidence. We all know that a life was taken and I already said that the guilty person must pay but the fact remains "innocent until proven guilty"

  • eric.f.moloi - 2013-02-17 11:28

    Some ppl have everything,but dont have conscience,never believe everything u see behind those big walls

  • Mark - 2013-02-17 11:28

    ok first the brutal rape in bradars dorp then Reeve was shot and killed tgen the gang on a guy that just wanted to get home .............parlement opend in the week ...death penalty ?????????

  • LeBo.vW - 2013-02-17 11:28

    To think that lots of teenagers where looking up to Oscar @ some point. Its sad coz there are only 2 individuals who were @ the crime scene of which 1 will never get a chance to give us her side of the story!

  • mluleki.simelane - 2013-02-17 11:28

    This is sick, this man needs a Dr

  • verona.delport - 2013-02-17 11:29

    No,no, no. I am without words.

  • Jose - 2013-02-17 11:29

    And so it unravels ...

  • beki.khumalo - 2013-02-17 11:29

    Unbelievable! What a monster! I can only imagine the trauma the poor girl went through, she had nowhere to run, tried to escape even after being shot on the hip, hid herself in the toilet and he still shot her. He meant to kill her and he MUST get what's coming to him in jail. If only we had the death penalty for such monsters.

  • Phumlane Mkhwanazi - 2013-02-17 11:30

    its enough now......

  • Die.Gemaskerde.Kussing - 2013-02-17 11:31

    Wow, sensasionalism at it's best. The thing has gotten to much attention anyways. Just forget him and let the law run it's course. Don't see why news24 makes such a fuss about one killing when we live in a nation plauged by violent crime. But think Oscar should man up and come clean.

      Roy Chambal - 2013-02-17 11:48

      must say i have to agree, it has became a norm in SA we read about horrible double/triple murders everyday and is written once no arrest made police are investigating and the last you will ever hear, why is this one getting so much News24 coverage? or u have nothing else to report? it reminds me of the case of Leigh Mathews few years back - Eish Oscar is guilty, he made his on bed and now he must lay on it in Prison that is surely there's no way out for this arrogant murderer of athlete

      Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-02-17 11:53

      Oscar is recognised international hence the interest.

  • dofeatsdog - 2013-02-17 11:32

    what a psycho....

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2013-02-17 11:32

    Oscar's biggest mistake was not to turn the gun on himself like most cowards of his caliber do.

      theO rAcLe - 2013-02-17 11:56

      Not a cowardly thing to do in his case... Would have saved a lot of money id he just shot himself afterwards, this case is going to drag on just like the OJ Simpson case. he should have just wiped himself out...but then again humans strive on drama, how can his family say he is innocent, are they also on drugs?

  • jennifer.h.jordaan - 2013-02-17 11:32

    you can`t just expect the world to accept it was a mistake. she`s dead . you can`t 'fix' that by saying sorry. yes Oscar was a great athlete but that has nothing to do with his present situation!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-17 12:33

      The question is, would he still be sorry if they didn't caught him?

  • womba.wonder - 2013-02-17 11:35

    He's a goneburger --- see him in another 30 years time, old and wizened and just another jobless ex-con nobody with nobody who cares.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2013-02-17 11:36

    Police sources? Great, leaked information. Information that is important (crucial) to the investigation is leaked to sensational media. What did you pay the 'police source'?

  • - 2013-02-17 11:39

    I had some serious domestics with my ex-partner but the house servant pulled us apart before things got really serious.This Oscar Pertorius has taken domestics to a new level.I would have loved to slap some sense into him! - 2013-02-17 12:04

      House servants? really in 2013? So you are proud of calling human being servants? Too many idiots in South Africa!

      Bob - 2013-02-17 12:10

      Uh oh... guru wants to get all PC on you now.

      byron.matthews.562 - 2013-02-17 15:16

      her majesty's secret servant

  • leonard.w.gray - 2013-02-17 11:39

    Oscar is a freak show who deserves to rot in jail.

  • adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 11:41

    O h god!!!!! What a gruesome death!!!!!!

  • Fundukululukunjakunne Why Cano - 2013-02-17 11:41

    in a night dress? intruder cricket bat with blood skull crushed rounds fired MAN Hussein Bolt was right lets just wait and see!

  • karendebrah - 2013-02-17 11:44

    Oscars dad looks like a fool now

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-17 12:34

      Yet they keep on defending him.

      hilola.selani - 2013-02-17 13:39

      Hy moet sy bek hou

  • hilola.selani - 2013-02-17 11:44

    Broke world records now crushed a skull....its getting ugly.

      adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 11:46

      Its beyond gruesome, its a nightmare for the victims family .

      adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 11:48

      Its beyond gruesome, its a nightmare for the victims family .

  • adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 11:45

    How th press found out is not as important as seeing that justiced is quickly carried out to set an example for these people like the B ees, V lakpas four, Now is the time to demand the death penalty for these violent cold blooded murderers!

      ronel.miles.7 - 2013-02-17 11:54

      Adam funny how u only now ask for the death penalty, it should have been reinstated after the first brutal farm murder!!

      elliot.gxolo.1 - 2013-02-17 12:01

      @ronel, don't make this political. People will always ask for the death penalty when there's a brutal murder. They asked for it last week with Anene Booysen, And some are asking for it now.. It's human nature, certain events lead to certain reactions!

  • nandi.jodwana - 2013-02-17 11:45

    Sick bastard!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-17 11:45

    It isn't looking good is it?.

  • alexander.muller.16718979 - 2013-02-17 11:46

    What a sick b@stard!!

  • elliot.gxolo.1 - 2013-02-17 11:46

    The comments of Pistorious' uncle are very disappointing and arrogant. How can he say "if there was any murder at all"? I understand that h doesn't wanna believ Oscar could've committed such a hideou crime, trust me, none of us do! But to dismiss facts in this way is of total disregard to Reeva and her family, the actual victims. The Pistorious family should rather just stick to supporting Oscar and refrain from making comments on this case because they are just starting to look arrogant and unremorseful. Oscar you had the world at your feet, a lifestyle that many of us could only dream off; why, why,why did you do it man?!!!!!!!

      adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 11:47

      Very very sad, how can the defend a mnster:,

  • Kgomotso Mashaba - 2013-02-17 11:47

    this was no accident

  • Hercules Leonardo Giorgino - 2013-02-17 11:48

    Lock him up and thow away the key.

  • michellec.strydom.5 - 2013-02-17 11:49

    how terrifying it must be to know you're going to die at the hands of a loved one...

  • Paul - 2013-02-17 11:50

    No matter how hard u try to defent this guy,the truth is he is a murderer

  • marc.bernon.7 - 2013-02-17 11:50

    Something has to be done to stop senseless violence against women and children. The victims of these crimes usually know the perpetrators.A lot of men out there obviously feel they have carte blanche to treat the women in their lives as they please.The Anene Booysen case is another example. I think they should bring back the death penalty for murder. I'm not saying Oscar is guilty but if he is the punishment needs to fit the crime.

  • adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 11:51

    This is more tthan gruesome!!That mad deranged mn wanted her dead in a hurry! Dead dead dead!

  • adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 11:52

    This is more tthan gruesome!!That mad deranged mn wanted her dead in a hurry! Dead dead dead!

  • thamsanqa.magolego - 2013-02-17 11:52

    Ladies be careful who you date

  • kusleg.tjo - 2013-02-17 11:53

    Im surprised he is not in leg irons yet.....he is a flight risk....with the way he runs so fast none of our fat police officers can catch him. Leg irons for murderer please..!

      konanani.rachicoper - 2013-02-17 12:00


      Sige Gorabeb - 2013-02-17 12:00

      I guess you would find the chained legs on the floor and the man gone. Nevertheless let' keep it civil buddy!

  • adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 11:54

    Thank you marc, we Must Put A Stop to these violent murderers, bring bacvk the death penalty

  • adam.moloi.5 - 2013-02-17 11:54

    Thank you marc, we Must Put A Stop to these violent murderers, bring bacvk the death penalty

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2013-02-17 11:54

    Damn oscar,his lawyers must give up or look stupid on tuesday.