The South African national icon “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius won the admiration of the people around the world for being the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the 2012 Olympic Games. In a case that has gripped the world, the police arrested Pistorius Friday, February 15, charging him with the murder of his model girlfriend 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp shot dead at his luxury Pretoria home. He spent the weekend in a police cell.
According to a local newspaper, after the Valentine’s Day murder the police found a bloodied cricket bat at the home of Pistorius.
Police sources close to the investigation told City Press the second-most quoted newspaper in South Africa that Steenkamp’s skull had been “crushed.” Another source said: “There was lots of blood on the bat.”
Police are investigating whether Reeva Steenkamp, shot four times in the early hours of Thursday, used the cricket bat to defend herself or whether Pistorius used it to hurt her. “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 the City Press.
Oscar allegedly fires a 9mm pistol at Reeva.
Reeva is hit in the hip.
Reeva’s iPad is found on the floor.
A cricket bat with blood on it was found in the bedroom.
Crumpled sheets indicate that the bed had been slept in.
Holster for 9mm pistol is on the bedside table.
Reeva flees into the adjoining toilet, closing and hiding behind the door.
Oscar allegedly fires another few rounds at the bathroom door. Reeva is hit in the head, arm and hand.
Oscar carries the heavily wounded Reeva downstairs into the foyer.
Police have dismissed the first suggestions that Pistorius could have mistaken Reeva for an intruder. City Press reported she was wearing a nightie at the time of the killing.
The local media reported there had been a fight between Pistorius and Reeva that had spilled over from Wednesday night. The neighbors on hearing a loud argument inside Pistorius’ house called the Police to Pistorius’ home just past midnight. Two hours later, around 3:00 a.m., the neighbors called the Police again after the shooting.
According to the City Press, Pistorius consumed large doses of steroids that could have triggered his aggressive behavior. The paper described the case against him as “rock solid.”
- South African police find bloodied cricket bat at Oscar Pistorius’ home (scmp.com)
- Police find bloodied cricket bat at Pistorius home: report (deccanchronicle.com)
- Police find bloodied cricket bat at Pistorius home: report (hindustantimes.com)
- Pistorius: ‘bloodied cricket bat found at home’ – Channel 4 News (channel4.com)
- City Press (citypress.co.za)
- ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murder of His Girlfriend (tvaraj.com)
- “Pistorius bawls in court as prosecutors detail girlfriend’s death” (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)