Oscar Pistorius bail hearing goes into third day at Pretoria Magistrates' Court

Last Updated: 21/02/13 7:00am

Oscar Pistorius: Bail hearing goes into a third day

Oscar Pistorius: Bail hearing goes into a third day

A detective testifying in the bail hearing of Oscar Pistorius has admitted he found "no inconsistencies" in the athlete's version of events about the night his girlfriend was shot dead.

The Olympic and Paralympic star denies the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day, insisting he mistook her for an intruder.

The hearing was adjourned after a dramatic series of claim and counter-claim at a packed Pretoria Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and will now go into a third day.

Magistrate Desmond Nair had ruled on Tuesday that Pistorius was charged with the most serious 'schedule six' offence, placing the onus on the defence to prove extenuating circumstances that would justify granting bail.

Gerrie Nel set out the case for the prosecution when the hearing resumed on Wednesday morning and said a witness had testified to hearing "non-stop talking like fighting" between 2am and 3am on 14 February.


But under cross-examination by Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux, chief investigating officer Hilton Botha admitted the woman who claimed she heard loud voices during that time lived 600m away. He later backtracked, admitting the distance was "nearer 300m".

Steenkamp, 29, was shot three times and the court heard that bullets hit her in the arm, hip and head.

Botha revealed unlicensed .38 calibre ammunition was found at the property and called for Pistorius to be additionally charged with a weapons violation.

He also said that testosterone and needles were found in Pistorius' bedroom - but the defence claimed the substance was a legal herbal remedy and accused Botha of putting the "worst possible interpretation" on the evidence.

While the prosecution claimed Steenkamp had been hiding in the toilet, the defence said the post mortem showed she had an empty bladder consistent with someone getting up to go to the toilet, as detailed in Pistorius's account.

Under torrid cross-examination Botha admitted he could find no inconsistencies with the version of events put forward by Pistorius and acknowledged that the autopsy showed no signs of assault or of defensive wounds on Steenkamp.

The hearing continues at 11am on Thursday (9am GMT).

A full trial of the 26-year-old is not expected for months.


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