Weeping Pistorius listens to testimony

2013-02-20 14:18

Pretoria - His shoulders shaking as he wept, athlete Oscar Pistorius listened on Wednesday while his lawyer drew the Pretoria Magistrate's Court back to his version of how he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp early on Valentine's Day.

"When you don't have your prosthesis on you are more vulnerable," advocate Barry Roux told the court in an application for bail by the double amputee.

A paralympian medallist and finalist at last year's Olympic Games, Pistorius is charged with murdering Steenkamp.


He has denied the charge and said in an affidavit that he thought there was an intruder in the house when he fired the shots that killed Steenkamp in the bathroom of his Pretoria home.

After testimony in which police investigating officer Hilton Botha said he believed Pistorius knew he was shooting Steenkamp, Roux worked on reeling the court back to Pistorius's version of events.

Roux asked Botha whether Steenkamp would have locked herself in the bathroom, away from danger, had she heard Pistorius scream while she was in the bathroom.

"That is true," said Botha.

On Tuesday, in his affidavit, Pistorius said he heard a noise in the bathroom, fetched his firearm and called out to Steenkamp to call the police.

He then fired shots through the bathroom door, before realising Steenkamp was inside. He carried her downstairs, where she died.

Roux argued it was more consistent that Pistorius was in the corridor between the bathroom and the bedroom when he fired one of the four shots.

Botha agreed, as one of the cartridges was found in that area.

No defensive wounds

The court heard that Steenkamp's body did not show any defensive wounds.

Roux told Botha that the post mortem had found that Steenkamp's bladder was empty and said this was consistent with someone going to the toilet to relieve themselves.

Pistorius broke down again when this was discussed.

Earlier, Botha told the court a holster and female slippers were found on the left-hand side of the bed.

Roux said testosterone found at Pistorius's home was herbal and not banned.

"It is a herbal remedy," he said. "It is not a steroid and it's not a banned substance." He said the police should get it tested by a pharmacist as soon as possible.

Botha had testified that investigators found injection needles in a box under a television set.


Roux asked Botha if the police had checked with Netcare whether Pistorius had called them, as he said in his affidavit.

"No, we didn't," said Botha.

The court heard earlier that four cellphones were found at Pistorius's home - two Blackberrys and two iPhones.

He had phone Netcare using a fifth cellphone.

Botha indicated that the State would call witnesses who would testify about a woman screaming, gunshots, and the sounds of fighting.

The State is opposing Pistorius's application for bail.

- See News24's Pistorius Special Report.

  • lenny.kagiso - 2013-02-20 14:31

    Wena Pistoruis you got a problem shame .O sa tla go nyoriwa papa

      debduplessis - 2013-02-20 18:53

      Sounds to me like police are manufacturing evidence & slanting the angle to support the prosecutors claim and purposes instead of presenting factual evidence. Sounds like prosecutors are under political instruction to find Oscar guilty at all costs in order to make a political example of him due to his obvious non political party affiliation.... It's sick - let's now hear the absolute truth & based on non bias objective investigation!!!! -- doesn't sound like the SAPS police force have the necessary investigative skills required for this case

  • Strikeback - 2013-02-20 14:39

    As with any other person who committed a crime or is under suspicion of a crime, the reason why a person is incarcerated is to ensure his appearance in court. The status and popularity of a person can be used to help determine if such a person would show up for court and attend his trial. In Oscar's case this is rather simple. Let him hand in his passport and let him out on bail. If he can still influence witnesses, the police has not done their work. How many witnesses can there be in the complex who heard and saw something. The rest are probably caracter witnesses who would hardly change their story. Oscar is so well known, that he can hardly flee the country. If he is guilty, they can sentence him for as long as nescessary, but untill then, he should be able to rely on the same treatment as others. The law os clear on why bail can be denied and I trust the legal system would know best.

  • Lunga Magnum-Moss Ntleki - 2013-02-20 14:42

    The things u can do with a good lawyer :(

      mattewis.kat - 2013-02-21 09:19

      Don't forget the expensive spin doctors either! When to weep, when to show remorse, importance of getting public support & how to get it, etc. This guy fired a weapon four times in a SECURED luxury estate through a closed door, without even checking for the presence of his partner in the bed beside him? I can't see how this will fly other than him saying he was still in a state of a bad dream about a burglar, or something in that vein. But I guess you're right: money will decide guilt or innocence in the end!

  • Tumi Mogale - 2013-02-20 14:55

    U go Roux, even if he killed her, it was nt intentionaly, Botha ur jst making noise,pls put ur things together n say sumthing beter,,,

      Mogale Mogano - 2013-02-20 15:19

      R u his neighbor wena tumi?how do u knw it wasn't intentional.u nd the rest of mzansi r on the other side of the fence,we were nt there!

  • Wendy McFarlane - 2013-02-20 15:16

    He hasn't even had a proper grieving period, he lost his girlfriend whom he loved dearly and it was his fault! He must be feeling terrible.

  • emilyjane.elson - 2013-02-20 15:36

    He fought to run against able bodied athletes to prove something. Why now is he so vulnerable? Sympathy? Bet you he's never wanted sympathy until now for his condition..

  • Herman Skosana - 2013-02-20 15:37

    Oscars story is not making sense to me 1stly how did he get to the balcony without the prosthetics nd to be able to reach a gun from his bed didn't he realise that Reeva wasn't there intentionally or not justice must take steps for his actions.

      Elmaré Koekemoer - 2013-02-20 16:58

      U do know that you can walk on your stumps. I have been in a house where bullets was flying outside and i ran past my daughter to her bedroom not seeing her in the dark. So lets just at least give the young man a chance before we condem him.

  • Elmaré Koekemoer - 2013-02-20 16:52

    I think its time people stop speculating and stop finding this young man guilty before we know what happened. Funny when the Waterkloof 4 was laughing and jokeing before and after court they were showing no remorse now that this young man cry his putting on a show. So damb if you do damd if you dont.

  • Grace Baloyi - 2013-02-20 17:32

    Hw possible is tht 2 wake-up on ur bed wthout noticing the person u sleping with/not feeling tht thr is no 1 in the bed?but u cn reach 4 the gun nd immediately u shoot..wthout callin on the person u slept with 2 check on her safety firts,sum1 u say u luv?this is straight 4wrd pistorius had gun

      hettie.hansen.3 - 2013-02-21 09:29

      Just what I say too. But the saddest part of all this is,that we havent got the forensic and police expertise for a case like this,they blunder everything up and that means Reeva will not be able to RIP because I believe that the whole truth will not come out in this case,to many mistakes already made by the state. I do not say Oscar is guilty but there is to many contradictions going on. If I shot my hubby in a fit of anger I can tell you I will be crying my eyes out as well after the fact because that is not what I wanted to do but you get so cross you do not see straight. I feel for both families it must be horrible going through such an ordeal but,I do feel that Oscar must be charged at least with manslaughter. First find out where all youre people in the house are before shooting on an alleged intruder,I know accidents happen but realy 3 shots.

  • Masia Masia - 2013-02-20 17:39

    Oscar's version is not reasonably and possibly true. Let alone a grade 1 learner can believe

  • Edwin Morena - 2013-02-20 18:22

    #Pistorius denies murdering Steenkamp# If it's not HiM, then WhO diD?? MaYb his shadowy GhOsT diD the MuRdeRing.....

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