Pistorius’s lawyer looks to discredit evidence
Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers have discredited some of the claims made by the state investigators.
PRETORIA - While the investigating officer in Oscar Pistorius's case on Wednesday cast doubt on several aspects of the athlete's version of events, the Paralympian's defence team also discredited some of the state's claims.
Pistorius, known as the 'Blade Runner', is facing a charge of premeditated murder after he shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.
Investigating officer Hilton Botha told the Pretoria Magistrates Court two bottles of testosterone and needles were found in Pistorius's Pretoria East home.
He has since acknowledged those samples are still being tested and may be a herbal substance that is not banned.
Botha said an additional charge of possession of unlicensed ammunition may be added.
He has also given a brief account of Steenkamp's injuries and events leading to Thursday morning's killing.
Botha made several revelations this morning, which discredited the Blade Runner's version of events submitted in an affidavit on Tuesday.
The investigator further claims the trajectory of the bullets was top-down.
He also told the court that a witness saw the lights on in the house at the time of the shooting.
None of the athlete's cellphones were used in the morning.
On the issue of the testosterone, Botha conceded the substance was still being tested.
Roux told the court it was a herbal remedy which was not on the official banned list of substances for athletes.
He also said Steenkamp's bladder was empty, which he said was consistent to her having gone to the toilet in the middle of the night.
He added her body showed no signs of assault.
Botha also conceded that he never checked if Pistorius had any other cellphones and never asked Netcare 911 who had phoned them.
Pistorius is being charged under schedule 6 offences of the Criminal Procedure Act, which means the defence will need to prove exceptional circumstances exist and that Pistorius is not a flight risk.
Botha admitted he had not received the outcome of Reeva's post-mortem or a forensic report.
Roux accused him of submitting untested evidence as fact.
The athlete's bail hearing will resume after lunch.