Pistorius’s family react to claims of a fight before he murdered Steenkamp

A book claims marks on Steenkamp’s back were the result of an assault moments before her death.

Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria on 30 June 2014 after spending 30 days under psychiatric observation to determine if he should be held criminally responsible for killing Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius's family has responded angrily to fresh allegations that the former athlete was involved in an argument, moments before he shot Reeva Steenkamp.

The details are contained in a new book published by two amateur forensic enthusiasts who took an interest in the case.

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day three years ago.

The Paralympian's family is clearly upset that forensic hobbyists have resurrected the premeditated murder version - even after this was abandoned by the State.

The new book claims that the marks on Steenkamp's back were caused by a cricket bat when Pistorius allegedly tried to assault her, and that unexplained wounds were caused by pellets shot from an airgun.

The family says it's totally absurd to suggest that the State, which was so intent on proving premeditated murder, would have overlooked this evidence.

They say the book is nothing more than an attention-seeking, money making exercise by two citizens with detective fantasies.

LISTEN: New Oscar Pistorius book by amateur forensic investigators