New details of how Reeva was shot emerge
18 Feb 2013
Hilda Fourie, Fanie van Rooyen and Alet Rademeyer
ALL four shots fired by Oscar Pistorius were aimed at the toilet on which Reeva Steenkamp was seated.
All four shots hit her.
The toilet is on the left of the bathroom, and the shots were fired through a closed door.
This indicates that they were fired from an angle, a source told sister paper Beeld yesterday.
The police yesterday turned the crime scene in Pistorius’s house in Silver Woods estate over to experts from the defence team after completing their own investigation.
Pistorius’s lawyers indicated at his court appearance on Friday that they wanted to conduct their own investigation with their own experts before tomorrow’s bail application.
The source said the police investigation took so long because the house is so large.
Among the tests conducted was blood splatter analysis.
It is understood that there was a lot of blood where Pistorius carried Steenkamp downstairs.
The source denied allegations that Steenkamp could have been hit with a cricket bat.
Sister paper City Press reported that a bloodied bat was found at the scene and Steenkamp’s skull was “crushed”.
The source said her head wound was caused by a bullet.
Meanwhile, Pistorius’s father, Henke, didn’t want to say anything yesterday. “Any further questions will have to be answered by Oscar himself.”
The Pistorius family are busy mounting a fightback after the state had said it had the evidence to charge him with premeditated murder, which the family said on Friday they dispute “in the strongest terms”.
Attorney Kenny Oldwage told Beeld yesterday they have started putting together a team, but declined to elaborate.
He earlier told the Sunday Times he and advocate Barry Roux SC would be supported by leading pathologist Dr Reggie Perumal and other experts.
The services of top British publicity agent Stuart Higgins have also been retained. Among his other clients are British Airways and Manchester United.
It is expected that Pistorius will say at his bail application that he shot Steenkamp by accident after mistaking her for an intruder, which was what a police spokesperson told Beeld on Thursday morning.
Later that day, police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said police had found no signs of forced entry.
Beeld has learnt that an overnight bag and washbag belonging to Steenkamp were found in the house and that she had been there since Wednesday evening.
Henke Pistorius told Britain’s Sunday Telegraph he had “zero doubt” that Pistorius shot Steenkamp “on instinct”.
“When you are a sportsman, you act even more on instinct,” he said. “It’s instinct — things happen and that’s what you do.”