Oscar Pistorius, a Paralympian superstar smacked his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp with a cricket bat before he killed her with a gunshot. A new book called “Oscar vs The Truth” claimed so after looking into the forensic evidence of the sensational case.
Here’s a list of five overlooked evidences the book claims.
The Cricket Bat
The book was written by brothers Calvin and Thomas Mollett. Mollett brothers are amateur sleuths who have also examined other controversial cases in their native South Africa.
They carried out a new investigation to explain two wounds on Reeva’s back. According to the brothers these wounds would be “consistent with the tip of the bat.”
The 29-year-old athlete claimed during his trial that he shot Reeva by mistake through the toilet door. Pistorius then smashed the door down using the bat.
Contaminated Crime Scene Evidence
The book also claimed that police contaminated the scene; for instance, by walking over the lavatory door and moving the gun. Vital clues were also overlooked by police.
These clues include possible drag marks made in the blood stains by Pistorius while he walked on his stumps. Unwarranted damage was also done to a metal plate near Reeva’s body.
“Oscar vs The Truth” also talks about marks on the cricket bat’s handle suggesting that something of a struggle took place, says Mirror.
“One gets the impression that police arrived on the scene and thought they had an open-and-shut case against Oscar,” the brothers write.
“They knew he pulled the trigger, and had statements from the neighbours who heard a woman scream – why bother doing a proper forensic investigation.”
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The Witness’ Evidence
One of the brothers is an engineer living in Canada. The other one is a South African resident. The Mollett brothers also said that the evidence focused on an argument that took place on the night Steenkamp died.
They mentioned the evidence of a female witness who heard a quarrel that started just before 2am.
“The argument didn’t just take place in the bedroom but elsewhere in the house as well,” they wrote in their 208-page investigative book.
Moments Before The Killing
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the brothers wrote that at around 3 a.m., she started fearing for her personal safety. That’s when she locked herself in the toilet. Pistorius ran after her with a cricket bat as he was furious that she locked herself away from him. Pistorius hit the door with the cricket bat about 2-3 times to scare her and also smashed the steel plate against the bathtub wall, they wrote.