Forensics to play a key role in Pistorius case

Investigators will today give prosecutors a full briefing for the Oscar Pistorius murder case.

Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius. Picture: Alicia Pillay/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Investigators will give prosecutors a full briefing on the strength of the state's murder case against Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius on Monday.

Pistorius will appear in court in Pretoria again on Tuesday, where his lawyers will bring a formal bail application.

In a move that shocked the world, Pistorius, nicknamed the 'Blade Runner', was arrested on Thursday last week after he shot and killed his 29-year-old model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Prosecutors are expected to rely heavily on forensics, witness statements and cellphone records.

Several people close to the investigation have also confirmed to Eyewitness News that a bloodied cricket bat will be central to the state's case.

It is not clear who used the bat on whom.

The forensic evidence will show that Steenkamp was shot upstairs in Pistorius's bedroom and then three more times through a bathroom door.

A blood-trail down a staircase is believed to indicate that he carried her down the stairs, while she was still alive and then attempted to resuscitate her.

The_ City Press_ newspaper also reported that the model's skull was crushed and that evidence on the scene showed she had spent the night at the athlete's home.

This is important because initial reports claimed Pistorius shot his girlfriend accidentally thinking she was an intruder.

Meanwhile, a memorial service will be held for Steenkamp in her hometown of Port Elizabeth on the same day Pistorius will attempt to secure bail.


Pistorius spent the weekend with his lawyers behind bars devising a legal strategy to secure his release on bail.

Pistorius made an emotional first appearance in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Friday.

His lawyer, family, friends and even a pastor visited the Blade Runner at his holding cell at the Brooklyn Police Station on Saturday and Sunday.

An assistant of defence lawyer Kenny Oldwadge at the weekend told Eyewitness News they were not commenting on any matter.

The court allowed Pistorius permission to be held at the police station so his legal team could consult with him over the weekend.

Oldwage has acted for slain Teazers boss Lolly Jackson, while the defence advocate, Barry Roux, was involved in the prosecution of murdered mining boss Brett Kebble.