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Saturday 19 April 2014

Bloodied cricket bat found at Pistorius home - reports

Reeva Steenkamp

A BLOODIED cricket bat found at the home of South African superstar Oscar Pistorius, according to reports in the country this morning.

Local reports claim police believe he may have used the bat to attack girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp before shooting her dead last Thursday.

 

Detectives are also looking at two other theories concerning the bat, the reports added.

 

One suggestion is that it was either used to break down the door of the bathroom where she hid, while another is that she used it to defend herself against Mr Pistorius.

 

One bullet cartridge was found in the champion sprinter's bedroom and police are looking at whether he "chased" his girlfriend and fired the first shot before she locked herself in the bathroom and he fired three more through the door, the paper said.

 

A post-mortem examination on the body of the 29-year-old model revealed that as well as bullet wounds to the head, arm, hand and hip, she suffered a fractured skull, it reported.

 

"There was lots of blood on the bat. Forensic tests will show whose blood it was," one source was quoted as saying.

 

The latest revelations, under the headline The Case Against Oscar, come after his family launched a fightback campaign saying the police had no evidence to sustain a charge of murder.

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