Lawyers for bladerunner Oscar Pistorius challenged the prosecution case against him overnight, pointing out multiple flaws in police work.
The defence increased the athlete’s chances of being released on bail by forcing lead police investigator Hilton Botha to admit multiple police errors, weakening earlier claims that witnesses heard arguing, screaming and gunfire at Pistorius’s Pretoria home last week.
He crumbled under defence cross-examination during a bail hearing after he wrongly claimed to have found boxes of testosterone in Pistorius’ bedroom. He admitted that police have no real evidence to contradict the athlete’s version of events.
Botha was also forced to agree that the police had missed a bullet the defence’s forensic investigators found four days later.
The 26-year-old paralympian has said the shooting of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was an accident, not a premeditated act of violence as the prosecution aims to prove. In an affidavit read to the court on Monday, he said “I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms.”
The bail hearing has been adjourned until Thursday, when both sides are expected to summarise their defences.
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