Monday, February 18, 2013
PISTORIUS TO BE TESTED FOR STERIODS AFTER BANNED DRUGS WERE FOUND IN HIS WHERE HE KILLED GIRLFRIEND
Arrested South African sport icon, Oscar Pistorius will be tested for steriods after the banned drugs were allegedly found in his house after he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Police are also reported to have recovered a bloodied bat from the Paralympic champion’s bedroom and to have established that model Reeva Steenkamp’s skull had been ‘crushed’.
It is also believed that there was evidence of heavy drinking before the shooting took place at 3am on Valentine's Day
Police are investigating whether Pistorius, nicknamed 'Blade Runner', was in the grip of 'roid rage' - the side-effect of taking large quantities of the drug - when he pulled the trigger.
His blood samples are being tested and a source told The Sun: 'Steroid drugs were found at Pistorius’s home together with evidence of heavy drinking. That’s why police have specifically ordered that he be tested for steroids.'
Meanwhile, the bat and other evidence – a smashed bathroom door, a 9mm pistol, the peculiar pattern of wounds on the body and reports of a row earlier in the evening – is said to have led police to believe the murder case against the sprinter is ‘rock solid’.
Twenty nine years old,, Miss Steenkamp was shot four times early on Thursday at Pistorius’s luxury home in a secure housing estate on the outskirts of Pretoria.
Police have rubbished speculation that Pistorius – who is known to have kept a pistol by his bed and a machine gun at his bedroom window – may have mistaken his girlfriend of three months for an intruder.
Prosecutors have formally charged Pistorius with premeditated murder but the Blade Runner’s family say he firmly denies such a charge.
While no officials would comment publicly on the case, a disturbing – though disputed – picture of what may have happened in Pistorius’s home started to emerge.
Neighbours have said they heard shouting coming from the house at around 1.30am.
There were some suggestions, quickly denied, that the row may have been about Miss Steenkamp’s friendship with a rugby player.
At around 3.20am, four shots rang out – apparently not all at once. The first person Pistorius called was his father Henke, 59.
When he arrived, he allegedly saw his son carrying his nightie-clad girlfriend down the stairs.
She had been shot in the head, hip, arm and hand. Pistorius – and later paramedics – struggled in vain to save Miss Steenkamp’s life.
Police reportedly found the bloodied cricket bat in the bedroom. The en-suite bathroom door was riddled with holes, a pistol holster was found by Pistorius’s bed and a gun cartridge was on the floor.
South Africa’s City Press quoted an unnamed police source as saying: ‘The suspicion is that the first shot, in the bedroom, hit her in the hip. She then ran and locked herself in the toilet.
‘She was doubled over because of the pain. He fired three more shots. She probably covered her head, which is why the bullet also went through her hand.’