February 18, 2013
Pistorius' murder: was it 'roid rage?
BANNED steroid drugs were found in Oscar Pistorius's house after he shot dead lover Reeva Steenkamp.Police also discovered a blood-stained cricket bat in the Blade Runner's mansion in Pretoria, South Africa - and evidence of heavy drinking before the 3am shooting.
Blade Runner … Oscar Pistorius
A blood-stained cricket bat was found at the home in Pretoria, South Africa - and Reeva, 29, appeared to have skull "crush injuries". Tests will establish whether she was injured by the bat before being shot.Police will also examine the theory she used the bat to defend herself or that Pistorius used it to smash his way into the bathroom. The Paralympics hero denies murder. He is expected to claim he fired after mistaking her for an intruder. His legal team are reported to be claiming he forgot Reeva was staying the night and mistook her for a burglar when he was woken by a noise.
Phone records are also being checked after South African reports suggested Reeva got a late-night text from South African rugby star Francois Hougaard, a pal of Pistorius's. Detectives believe Pistorius may have been angry at the text. Handsome Hougaard, 24, was close to Reeva before she paired up with Pistorius in November. Sources said Pistorius was unhappy they remained friends. Hougaard has insisted the "whole sad ordeal" of Reeva's death had nothing to do with him. A woman neighbour whom Pistorius called after the shooting will be a key witness. She rushed out to see the athlete carrying Reeva's blood-covered body. She told police he was in a state of "delirium" and said he mistook his lover for an intruder. Pistorius's best pal Justin Divaris told how the sobbing athlete rang him to say: "I've killed my baba. God take me away." Justin said Pistorius sat in his garage weeping into the phone as police sealed off his house. He added: "Oscar called at 3.55am saying Reeva had been shot. "I said, 'What are you talking about? I don't understand'. "He then repeated, 'There has been a terrible accident, I shot Reeva'." Police arrived at the mansion - which has five reception rooms, a Roman-themed roof pool and three garages - and followed a trail of Reeva's blood inside. They found her overnight bag and an iPad on the bedroom floor. The holster for Pistorius's Taurus pistol was at the side of the bed. The bedclothes were crumpled, suggesting it had been slept in. A bullet cartridge was found in the bedroom - leading to the theory that the initial shot was fired there. Police also have CCTV showing Reeva arriving at the house on the Silver Woods estate at 6pm. Neighbours told of hearing shouts and screams on Wednesday and early on Thursday. Pistorius was yesterday visited in his police cell by brother Carl, sister Aimee and other family members - and urged them to keep Reeva's relatives in their thoughts. Carl tweeted: "Praying unceasingly 4 Reeva's family like my brother asked. Praying 4 my brother." Last night Reeva's mum June, 66, sobbed as she asked: "Why would he kill my angel?" June, speaking publicly about the horror for the first time, added: "She was our golden angel and had so much love to give. I don't understand. Why would he do it?" The athlete's agent Peet van Zyl said: "After the tragic circumstances, we can only give Oscar our support." Olympian Pistorius's arrest shocked his fans. They will be almost as stunned by the steroid claims. The drugs, which boost muscle growth by raising levels of male hormone testosterone, are banned in sport. They can cause liver and heart damage - as well as the aggressive behaviour known as "roid rage".