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Pistorius continues to sob as court hearing resumes

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Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 11:00 hrs
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Pretoria: On the second day of Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing, investigating officer Hilton Botha opposed bail for the Olympian, claiming that he was a flight risk and could flee.

Botha, who arrived at Pistorius' house following the death of Reeva Steenkamp, said that police believe Pistorius used a cricket bat to break down the door of the toilet where Steenkamp was shot.

According to Botha, the shots hit Steenkamp on her right side suggesting that she was not sitting on the toilet seat but hiding inside.



Pistorius has claimed that he did not have his prosthetic legs on when he fired from his gun. However, Botha claimed that this was unlikely because the angle of the bullets was top down not bottom up.

Botha said two boxes of testosterone along with needles and injections were found on the scene. The defence later insisted that the item in the boxes was not testosterone.

Botha went on to quote a witness who heard loud voices from 2am to 3am. The witness subsequently heard gunshots, screaming and a short while later more gunshots.

However, Botha later said under cross-examination that the witness lived in a house 600m away from Pistorius' house.

In his testimony, Botha suggested that Pistorius knew Steinkamp was in the bathroom.

Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux noted that Steenkamp's bladder was empty, which suggests that she had got up from bed to go to the toilet.

Roux claimed that Steenkamp locked the door after hearing Pistorius shout that an intruder was in the house.

The defence managed to extract an admission from Botha that there was nothing at the scene inconsistent with Pistorius' version of events.

Pistorius was seen sobbing throughout the hearing, which will decide whether or not he gets bail.

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