JOHANNESBURG - The City Press on Sunday reported that a bloodied cricket bat was at the centre of the murder investigation against Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius.
Pistorius shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home in the early hours of Thursday morning.
The newspaper reported that police were investigating two possibilities: that the cricket bat was used by Steenkamp to defend herself, or that Pistorius used it to break down the bathroom door behind which she was reportedly hiding.
The paper quotes a police source as saying they suspect the first shot was fired in the bedroom, and that the other three shots were fired at her through the bathroom door.
Following the shooting, Pistorius reportedly called his father at about 3.20am, asking him to come to the house.
Meanwhile, the Mirror Online quotes Pistorius’s best friend as saying he was called and told about the shooting at 3.55am that morning.
Justin Divaris, a businessman who apparently introduced Steenkamp to South Africa’s golden boy, said Pistorius phoned him first, instead of emergency services.
Mirror Online quoted Divaris speaking exclusively to the Sunday People, where he said Pistorius was shocked at his actions and was barely making sense over the phone.
Divaris said he and his girlfriend rushed to the luxury Pretoria home when a neighbour described Pistorius’s state of mind after the shooting.
And he said police had already arrived at the scene.
Pistorius, nicknamed the 'Blade Runner, is due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Tuesday for a bail application - he is being held in custody.
PISTORIUS IS 'NUMB'
In a statement written by Pistorius’s uncle, the family yesterday said the Blade Runner was “numb” with shock and grief.
Arnold Pistorius said the family had seen how close Steenkamp and Pistorius had become during their time together and the Paralympian was happier in his private life than he had been in a long time.
"We are in a state of total shock - firstly about the tragic death of Reeva who we had all got to know well and care for deeply over the last few months," he said. "All of us saw at first hand how close she had become to Oscar during that time and how happy they were."
The suggestion that Pistorius's family was close to Steenkamp runs counter to comments from Pistorius's father Henke, who told the New York Times he had never met his son's partner.
"I don't discuss my son's relationships. I have, in fact, not met the lady," he was quoted as saying.
Prosecutors alleged the shooting was premeditated, a charge that could put Pistorius behind bars for life if convicted.
Police have said there are no other suspects and the pair were the only people in the house at the time.
Initial reports suggested he may have mistaken her for an intruder.
Arnold reiterated the family's belief that the track star - a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics when he ran at last year's Olympics - had not shot Steenkamp deliberately.
"After consulting with legal representatives we deeply regret the allegation of premeditated murder," Anthony said.
"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."