The murder case filed against Olympic star Oscar Pistorius by the South African police has taken a new turn as the police have found a bloodied cricket bat at the home of Oscar Pistorius, a local newspaper reported Sunday, following the Valentine’s Day killing of his model girlfriend.
The star Olympian and Paralympian athlete was charged on Friday with the murder of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp who was shot dead at his luxury Pretoria home, an incident Pistorius has denied was not premeditated as suggested by the police.
Police sources close to the investigation told the independent City Press newspaper that Steenkamp’s skull had been “crushed”.
“There was lots of blood on the bat,” one source told the paper.
Police are now investigating whether the bat was used to assault Steenkamp, who was shot four times in the early hours of Thursday, or if she used it to defend herself.
Earlier suggestion Oscar Pistorius could have mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder has been dismissed by the police. More so, City Press said she was wearing a nightie at the time of the killing.
“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 City Press.
Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee became a national icon who inspired people around the world, and a sort of celebrity when he became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes at the London Olympics.
Pistorius who has been charged for murder is due to apply for bail at a new court hearing on Tuesday, the same day a memorial service will be held for his slain girlfriend.
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp have been dating since late last year, and their relationship seemed perfect. Sources however say their relationship wasn’t as rosy as Reeva was presenting it to friends. In fact, she had plans, according to the sources that she was going to disclose some secrets about their relationship thought to be abuse of some kind.
Pistorius faces a life sentence if convicted of premeditated murder, as alleged by state prosecutors.
Although, more evidence rising against Pistorius is making it hard for people who love him to still believe his innocence, his family have indicated that the star athlete, who broke down sobbing during his initial court appearance on Friday, would plead not guilty, and they will stand by him.
“We have no doubt there is no substance to the allegation and that the state’s own case, including its own forensic evidence, strongly refutes any possibility of a premeditated murder or indeed any murder at all,” his uncle Arnold Pistorius said in a statement Saturday.