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Bloodied bat found in Pistorius’s home
IANS
Johannesburg, February 17, 2013
First Published: 13:13 IST(17/2/2013)
Last Updated: 12:19 IST(18/2/2013)

Investigators have found a bloodied cricket bat in the home of paralympian Oscar Pistorius who was charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, it was reported on Sunday.  The cricket bat was at the centre of the murder investigation against the star athlete, reports Xinhua. 

Police were investigating two possibilities: that the cricket bat was used by Steenkamp to defend herself or that Pistorius used it to break down the bathroom door to get access to where Steenkamp was hiding. 

Police sources close to the investigation told the City Press that Steenkamp’s skull had been “crushed”. 

“There was lots of blood on the bat,” one source was quoted as saying.  Pistorius has been under police custody since Thursday after being arrested for allegedly shooting dead his girlfriend Steenkamp in his Pretoria home.  The report quoted police sources as saying the first shot was fired in the bedroom and that the other three were fired at her through the bathroom door. 

Athlete’s agent cancelling races
Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' agent has begun cancelling races since the Olympic athlete was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius' agent, Peet van Zyl, said that he cancelled the contract yesterday for a high-profile re-match next month with fellow double-amputee Alan Oliveira to promote the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

Steenkamp funeral on Tuesday
Johannesburg: The family of Reeva Steenkamp says her body is back in her hometown of Port Elizabeth and a private funeral has been planned for Tuesday.

Adam Steenkamp, the late model and law graduate’s brother, says “Reeva is back home”.


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