‘Gunshot, screams, more shots at Oscar's

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Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during a break in court proceedings at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. Photo: Siphiwe Sibeko

Pretoria - A witness heard a gunshot at the home of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, followed by screams and then more shots, a detective told a court on Wednesday.

“We have statement of a person who said after he heard gunshots, he went to his balcony and saw the light was on. Then he heard a female screaming two to three times, then more gunshots,” said investigating officer Hilton Botha.

Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend last week.

He has denied that he murdered Steenkamp in a shooting at his home in the Silver Wood country estate in Pretoria.

He said in an affidavit that he thought an intruder was in his home.

Earlier Botha testified that there was blood on one of the phones found in the house and blood spatters on a cricket bat.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel presented a plan of Pistorius's home to the court, as he continued opposing bail for the athlete.

Botha testified that there was a 1.5 metre distance from the person who fired shots at Steenkamp to the door of the bathroom she was in.

Pistorius cried again as Nel took Botha through the statement he had made, and which contained details of the black and white sleepwear Steenkamp had worn and the towels which had covered her body.

Botha confirmed to Nel that the top panel of the bathroom door was broken.

Parts of the door were found inside and outside the door.

"We think now the bat was used to gain entry," said Botha.

Forensic and ballistic test results still had to be completed.

However, Botha later said the shots appeared to have been fired downwards.

"It appeared to me that it was fired down," he said. "I measured it against myself." - AFP, Reuters, Sapa


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