New Testimony in Pistorius Case: PEDs Found (Update)

Evidence of fighting and violence

Joe Spring

Several details provided by the prosecution during Wednesday’s bail hearing appeared to be at odds with sprinter Oscar Pistorius’ Tuesday affidavit of the killing of his girlfriend. A South African investigator said Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius’ girfriend, was shot from a high angle. In an affidavit read Tuesday, the double amputee sprinter said that he fired shots through his bathroom door after getting out of bed without his prosthetics on.

On Tuesday, Pistorius said he woke up in the dark and headed toward the bathroom because he thought there was an intruder in the house. On Wednesday, the prosecution presented a statement from a witness who said they saw a light on when the first shot was fired. Another witness said there was talking that sounded like fighting between 2 and 3 a.m. coming from the home.

The prosecution also presented evidence of violence in Pistorius’ recent past, according to the New York Times.

According to police detective Hilton Botha, Mr. Pistorius accidentally fired a weapon at a restaurant in January and persuaded a companion to take responsibility. He had also threatened violence in another incident in an altercation about a woman.

South African police also said they found two boxes of testosterone and needles in the home of Oscar Pistorius after investigating the death of his girlfriend, according to the New York Times. The lawyer for Pistorius said the boxes contained herbal supplements.

South African police said Pistorius was a flight risk and should not be granted bail. A decision on bail may come tomorrow.

UPDATE: Check out Deadspin’s detailed account of the back and forth between the prosecutors and the defense.