New details emerge in Oscar Pistorius case
The state will rely on 13 facts which it believes will prove Oscar Pistorius is guilty of murder.
JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that the state will argue that Oscar Pistorius told security guards moments after shooting Reeva Steenkamp that everything was fine at his Pretoria East home.
The details are contained in a response to an application by the defence team for further particulars.
The state will rely on 13 facts which it believes will prove Pistorius is guilty of murder.
The prosecution team will present witnesses to show that after shooting Steenkamp, Pistorius didn't call the police or estate security but fashioned a defence and phoned his friends instead.
It has now also emerged that estate security apparently called him after the shots, asking if everything was in order, to which he allegedly replied that it was.
Witnesses will testify to a single shot being fired, a brief pause when screams were heard, followed by a volley of three shots.
The state has also made it clear that some of the testimony by former investigating officer Hilton Botha is now irrelevant, and that his claims during the bail application were inferences he had drawn.
Prosecutors now support their case with forensic and ballistic analysis of the crime scene.
Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.
He insists it was a case of mistaken identity and says he believed Steenkamp was an intruder. The state will argue it was premeditated murder.
The trial starts on 3 March and has been set down for three weeks.
THE STATE'S 13 FACTS:
- The state relies on the evidence of a witness who stated to have heard "talking like fighting" and a woman's voice constantly talking. The witness formed the impression that the woman was arguing. This stopped after the shots were fired.
- Two witnesses heard a woman scream before shots were fired.
- Another two witnesses heard shots followed by the screams of a woman and then further shots. The screams were extinguished at the same time of the last shots.
- Pistorius's website activities from the time that he got home is in direct contrast to that of a loving couple spending time together.
- The amount, trajectory and grouping of the shots fired through a locked door can only be inferred to indicate a direct intention to kill the person behind the closed door.
- The position and condition of the gun in the bathroom.
- On his own version, Pistorius armed himself, walked to the bathroom and shot through the closed door without ascertaining who was behind the door or whether or not he was even faced with any danger.
- Steenkamp was clothed when she was shot.
- Steenkamp was standing upright facing the door when she was shot.
- Steenkamp had something to eat hours before she was killed.
- The presence of the cellphones in the bathroom militates against a version that Steenkamp innocently went to the toilet at the time.
- The fact and the way in which Pistorius broke down the toilet door.
- Pistorius's version "is not reasonably possibly true and it is our case that if rejected by the court the objective facts will prove the murder with direct intent of the deceased".