Pistorius Case: Witness Heard Woman Scream, More Gunshots

Prosecution sets out case as bail hearing resumes

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 20, 2013 4:18 AM CST | Updated Feb 20, 2013 7:59 AM CST

(Newser) – Police labeled Oscar Pistorius a flight risk as his bail hearing resumed in South Africa today, reports the AP. Prosecutors, who accuse the athlete of premeditated murder, told the court that a witness heard "nonstop talking, like fighting" from 2am to 3am on the night girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot, the New York Times reports. The morning's main witness was the first officer to arrive on the scene, reports the BBC, and he told the court that "we have [the] 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-three times, then more gunshots." Pistorius told the court yesterday he thought he was shooting a burglar when he fired through a bathroom door.

The detective told the court that Pistorius illegally possessed .38-caliber ammunition in a safe in his bedroom; the defense says it belongs to Pistorius' father. The runner broke into tears as details of Steenkamp's injuries were described to the court. The detective—who said two bottles of testosterone and needles had been found at the home—referred to incidents from Pistorius' past including the accidental near-shooting of a friend, and said ballistics cast doubt on the runner's claim that he had not been wearing his prosthetic legs when he fired the shots. He also said a memory stick containing details of the athlete's offshore accounts was found, a discovery that led to the flight-risk claim.

Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands inside the court as a police officer looks on during his bail hearing  in Pretoria today.
Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands inside the court as a police officer looks on during his bail hearing in Pretoria today.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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