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
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)

(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.

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Feb 20, 2013 8:03 PM CST
"Detective Hilton Botha also said Pistorius had no license for the .38-caliber Gun, making it illegal for him to have the Ammunition, which was kept in a Safe in his bedroom,..." lol. This criminal boldly comes to Court with unclean hands and weeps uncontollably. PistOriuS was not even licensed for the loaded murder weapon. POS' father illegally gave him an illegal gun and illegal ammunition. Both POS and his supportive father should be charged with Premeditated Murder and conspiracy. Prosecutor Nel should be adding 3 new charges to the charge of Premeditated Murder; (1) Filing a False Court Affidavit during an Official Proceeding, (2) illegal Possession of a 9 mm hand gun and (3) illegal Possession of Ammunition for said gun.
Feb 20, 2013 4:28 PM CST
When all is said and done it will end up being a jealous rage mixed with drugs and weapons. That is a bad concoction but we've seen it before.
Feb 20, 2013 4:15 PM CST
who isn't for a swift and speedy trial, but damn --- in the interest of fairness & judiciousness -- don't people need time --- to think?