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  • Summary of what investigating officers found at the Oscar Pistorius crime scene
    Posted by on Feb 20th, 2013

    It’s day 2 of the Oscar Pistorius hearing and this morning the state called investigating officer, Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, to the stand.

    Here’s a summary of what Botha said and what was found on the scene.

    • he arrived at 4.15am the house to find the deceased victim wearing shorts and covered in towels
    • he believes Oscar is a flight risk
    • while on scene the lawyer and brother were there
    • police called a locksmith to open a safe looking for a memory stick with details of offshort accounts
    • he understands Oscar has a house in Italy
    • more charges added: posession of unlicenced ammunition. Police found .38 Special rounds
    • Oscar did not have a licence for a .38 weapon
    • upstairs and to the right is the main bedroom. Officers found an overnight bag and slippers
    • Botha explains the layout of the house- if you face the bed, the room entrance is behind you, bathroom entrance to the left. A passage with cupboards through it leads to the bathroom. You have to turn right to get into bathroom.
    • he found parts of the toilet door on the floor and cartridges, firearm on the mat
    • two cellphones were found in the bathroom. He collected them and two more Blackberries
    • the two iPhones were not used that morning. The Blackberries hadn’t been used in months
    • the top part of the toilet door was broken. Shots were fired through the door
    • four shots were fired through the door, four cartridges found. He used a cricket bat to break door
    • the shots were aimed at the toilet bowl. The toilet is in and to the left
    • to obtain the trajectory which created the holes, you’d have to be 1.5m from the door

    Recess. Botha takes the stand again and the following is mentioned or takes place.

    • according to his preliminary investigations, the shooter would have to be inside the bathroom with back to basins
    • to get to the bathroom from the balcony you have to go passed the bed
    • the window leading from the toilet looks onto the backyard where there were two dogs
    • ballistics still dealing with projectiles and angles
    • it appears the trajectory was down – from top down. Angle from door to toilet seat
    • the bullets went through the top part of the door
    • the phones and firearm were found on the carpet close to the shower door near the toilet
    • the cricket bat was found in front of the first wash basin
    • once in the bathroom toilet there’s no way out. The window is small. If you make it through you’ll fall
    • police found two bottles of testosterone and needles
    • on the issue of the firearm under bed because of fear of crime. But he went to bed with door open?
    • he  found a holster for the firearm on the same side I found the overnight bag and slippers
    • it’s highly unlikely he was trying to protect himself or Reeva
    • we have a witness statement saying she heard what sounded like fighting, loud talking from 2am to 3am
    • then the witness heard gunshots
    • a witness says the lights were on
    • I believe he knew she was in the bathroom, fired four shots and killed her
    • I do not believe the story he was defending himself and protecting his girlfriend
    • also has a witness claiming he heard shots, checked the house to see the lights on, then screams and more shots

    At this point defence advocate Barry Roux proceeded to cross-examine Botha. Go read the interaction HERE.

    Will keep you updated.

    The infomation above is once again obtained from Eyewitness News correspondent Barry Bateman who is doing a great job of  live-tweet proceedings HERE.

    Oom Mike says:
    February 02, 2013 at 10:56 am

    ens. etc. ad nauseam

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