February 17, 2013
Bloodied cricket bat found inside Oscar Pistorius' home: ReportSouth African press gain access to sources with knowledge of the case against the Olympic sprinter
By QMI Agency
A bloodied cricket bat found inside Olympic Sprinter Oscar Pistorius' home could be central to the investigation into the circumstance surrounding his model girlfriend's death late last week.
In addition to the South African “Blade Runner’s” girlfriend being found riddled with bullets, a well-respected newspaper, The City Press, reported Sunday that Reeva Steenkamp’s skull had been crushed.
“There was lots of blood on the bat,” a source with knowledge of the investigation told the South African publication. “Forensic tests will show whose blood.”
The same source said South African police are investigating multiple scenarios involving the bat, including that Steenkamp may have used it in self-defence prior to her death. The other being that Pistorius used it to either assault Steenkamp or to break down a bathroom door the model reportedly hid behind.
The paper also reported that multiple inside sources agreed police had a “rock-solid” case against the Olympian.
Stopping short of denying the aforementioned information, a police spokeswoman told the Guardian that any leaks in the case didn’t come from authorities.
"We are not commenting on anything in the newspapers today as the case is still before the court,” she told the British publication.
Also on Sunday, Justin Divaris, a friend who introduced Steenkamp and the South African superstar, told the Mirror that Pistorius phoned him prior to notifying authorities of the shooting.
“I said to him, ‘What are you talking about? I don’t understand you?’ He then repeated himself – ‘There has been a terrible accident, I shot Reeva’.
Divaris continued: “Next thing his neighbour picked up the phone and told me it was true and told me to get to Oscar’s home.
“I was in total shock. I asked the neighbour, ‘Is she OK?’ Did the gun go off by accident?’ She replied, ‘No. She’s not OK. You need to get here’.”
NUMB WITH SHOCK
Pistorius is being held in a Pretoria before the resumption of his bail hearing on Tuesday. He is “numb” with shock and grief, the statement said.
Several South African media reports have said Steenkamp was shot through the bathroom door and was hit four times - in the head, hip, arm and hand.
Police said on Thursday witnesses had heard disturbances at the home before the shots, adding that there had been previous incidents of a “domestic nature” at the home.
The shooting has shocked South Africa, where Pistorius was revered as a hero whose achievements transcended the racial divides that linger in Nelson Mandela’s “Rainbow Nation” 19 years after the end of apartheid.
The disbelief was felt across the globe among the millions who saw in Pistorius the ultimate tale of triumph over adversity - a man who rose to the highest pinnacles of athletics despite having no lower legs.
He was born without either fibula but reached the semi-final of the 400-metres in the London 2012 Olympics, running on high-technology carbon fibre prosthetic ’blades’. He also won two Paralympic gold medals and one silver medal.
Although the public image was of a charming and easy-going young man, a Twitter posting by Pistorius in November paints the picture of a would-be action man obsessed with security.
“Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and thinking its an intruder to go into full combat recon mode into the pantry! waa,” read the Tweet on the morning of Nov. 27
Police recovered a 9mm pistol from his home after the shooting. The Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper said Pistorius had a licence for one firearm and applications pending for a further seven, including a semi-automatic rifle.
Police declined to comment on the Beeld report.
“We’re releasing nothing,” spokeswoman Katelgo Mogale said. “Details of the incident will come out in court.”
South African state broadcaster SABC will on Saturday evening air the first episode of a tropical island reality show featuring Steenkamp that was filmed last year in the Caribbean.
SABC said her family had given their blessing to the show’s airing, which will be preceded by a short tribute.
--With files from Reuters