Pistorius ‘fought non-stop’ with girlfriend on night of killing

February 20, 2013 10:26 am


The father of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, Henke (right), reacts as relatives comfort each other on February 19/AFP
The father of South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, Henke (right), reacts as relatives comfort each other on February 19/AFP
PRETORIA, Feb 20 – “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius returned to court on Wednesday to hear explosive allegations that he fought “non-stop” with his slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the night of her killing.

With the South African sporting hero already facing a tough fight to win bail, the prosecution presented police evidence to flesh out the charge he deliberately murdered the cover girl on Valentine’s Day.

Police investigator Hilton Botha told the court that an unnamed witness “heard talking that sounded like non-stop fighting from two to three in the morning” shortly before Steenkamp was found dead at Pistorius’s Pretoria home last Thursday.

Botha also said 29-year-old Steenkamp was shot three times through the bathroom door, with wounds to her head, elbow and hip.

Botha said the shots were not fired straight at the toilet door, but rather “directly to the toilet, the basin itself.”

“If you walk in directly and fire straight at the door you will miss the toilet,” he said, suggesting Pistorius had been aiming.

Steenkamp, who had been going out with Pistorius since late last year, was declared dead shortly before 4:15 am on February 14 by medics and was found covered in towels and wearing white shorts and a black vest.

Botha also said 26-year-old Pistorius would face an additional charge of possessing unlicensed .38 special calibre ammunition.

At Tuesday’s hearing, the Olympic and Paralympic track star had tearfully denied premeditated murder, a charge that risks a life sentence.

Pistorius told the court he shot at Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door, mistakenly believing she was a burglar. “I had no intention to kill my girlfriend,” he said.

With only the suspect and the victim in the house at the time of the killing, the state’s case is expected to focus heavily on forensic evidence and witnesses who are alleged to have heard the couple argue.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had argued on Tuesday that Pistorius deliberately fired four shots into the bathroom door after putting on his prosthetic legs, hitting a terrified Steenkamp three times and fatally wounding her.

“She could go nowhere,” Nel said. “She locked the door for a purpose.”

On Tuesday the double amputee track star broke down in tears repeatedly as his own words from his own affidavit filled the court: “We were deeply in love and couldn’t be more happy.

“I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva,” he said in his first public comments on the killing.

As the court hearing proceeded Tuesday, Steenkamp was laid to rest at an emotional private ceremony at a crematorium in her hometown of Port Elizabeth.

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