Bloodied cricket bat at centre of Pistorius investigation

South African newspapers claim that a blood-covered cricket bat is a key piece of evidence in the unfolding murder investigation involving Oscar Pistorius.

The paper claims that forensic tests are yet to be carried out on the bat, but it is believed to be that of slain model, Reeva Steenkamp.

Although police sources maintain that there were no signs of forced entry at the house, they are investigating the possibility that Steenkamp may have used the cricket bat in self-defence. Another possibility is that Pistorius used the bat to break down a door in the house.

Citing a police source, the paper alleges that Pistorious phoned his father in the early hours of the night in question and asked him to come to the house immediately. When his father and other family members arrived at the house, Pistorius was reportedly seen carrying Steenkamp’s lifeless body down the stairs.

It is a further twist in a story that has shocked the world. Pistorius was viewed as a role-model throughout the world, overcoming adversity and winning the hearts of millions when he competed in last summer’s Olympic Games. However, as more and more details about that chilling night in Pretoria come to light, it is clear that he will be remembered for all the wrong reasons.

Pistorius is due to appear in court on Tuesday, the day Steenkamp will be cremated following a memorial service. Pistorius’ agent Peet van Zyl has confirmed that that the athlete has cancelled all upcoming track events for the foreseeable future, as police continue their attempts to unravel the course of events that saw a beautiful young woman murdered.



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