Dramatic new evidence emerged today that claims to show Oscar Pistorius attacked his lover with an air rifle and a cricket bat before shooting her dead.
The Paralympian told his trial that he accidentally killed Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder at his home in Pretoria three years ago.But two experts have now released never-before-seen forensic pictures they claim conclusively proves the athlete murdered the model.They point to two injuries on the model’s back they say match the tip of his cricket bat, while marks on the ripped and blood-covered handle suggest there was a struggle.
Other pictures appear to show a 4.5mm hole in the athlete’s bedroom door which is believed to match the caliber of his air rifle. A similar-sized wound was also found on Reeva’s arm, suggesting he may have fired at her with the weapon as the model fled the bedroom.The claims have been made by brothers Calvin and Thomas Mollett in their new book Oscar vs The Truth after studying evidence and conducting their own tests for over a year.
Another image of a dented steel plate on the side of the bath also appears to support the idea he wielded the bat in fit of rage.Speaking to Jane Flanagan for The Sun, Thomas Mollet said: ‘Oscar went after her with a cricket bat, infuriated that she locked herself away from him.’To scare and frighten her, he hit the door with the cricket bat about two to three times and also hit the steel plate against the bathtub wall.’
A leader of the supporters, Don Hassett, appealed for a lenient sentence for Pistorius.He knows it was wrong and he has admitted that but the media has generated hatred against Oscar,’ Mr Hasset told reporters.Before the proceedings, a group of supporters gathered inside the courtroom and prayed for the athlete.