Bail hearing of Olympic and Paralympic athlete intensifies and defence claim ‘testosterone’ found is a legal herbal remedy
Initial reports of a banned substance being found at the house of Oscar Pistorius have been rejected by the athlete’s defence on the second day of his bail hearing in Pretoria, adding that the ‘testosterone’ found is a legal herbal remedy.
Although finding a banned substance at his home is a serious allegation, Pistorius has other more serious matters at hand, with the athlete denying the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, saying he mistook her for an intruder.
AW reported last week how Steenkamp had been found shot dead in the early hours of last Thursday. A full trial of Pistorius is not expected for months, however allegations of what happened that day have been emerging at his bail hearing.
In evidence given to the court today, the prosecution referred to statements from a witness saying they heard “non-stop talking like fighting” as well as another witness saying they heard screams and gunshots from the house.
Chief investigative officer Hilton Botha also said Pistorius would face an additional charge of possessing unlicensed ammunition and that police found two boxes of testosterone and needles in the athlete’s bedroom.
However, Inspector Botha later admitted that the witness who said they heard the shouting was 600m (later amended to 300m by the Inspector) away from Pistorius’ house, with the defence also claiming that the ammunition in question belonged to the athlete’s father.
The defence also said that the testosterone found was actually a legal herbal remedy used by athletes, reported as being testo compositum coenzyme, and not a banned substance.
The International Paralympic Committee have confirmed that they dope tested Pistorius during London 2012, on August 25 (out of competition) and on September 8, and that the athlete tested negative in both.
Yesterday prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court that Pistorius – a double amputee – had got up from bed and put on his prostheses before shooting Steenkamp dead through the bathroom door.
But today Inspector Botha admitted that he does not have any proof that Pistorius attached his legs before firing his pistol and Barry Roux, Pistorius’ defence lawyer, stated that the autopsy revealed no signs of other assault on Steenkamp and that her bladder was empty, suggesting she had gone to the toilet, which is in line with the version of events presented by Pistorius.
The bail hearing was initially expected to last two days, but could now reportedly go on until the end of the week. Inspector Botha argues that Pistorius should not get bail as he considers him a flight risk.