Cops Tell Steenkamp Family: He Beat Her Skull
And friend says she 'felt caged in'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2013 3:00 PM CST
Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Police have told Reeva Steenkamp's family that Oscar Pistorius bashed in her skull with a cricket bat before fatally shooting her, the Daily Mail reports. Police withheld that information at Pistorius' bail hearing last week, preferring to conceal their case, but did brief the South African model's family on details of her post-mortem examination. Family members also saw her head wounds before her cremation on Tuesday, according to the Mail. Pistorius says he used the bat to break down his bathroom door after shooting Steenkamp by mistake.

What's more, the angry father of Steenkamp's best friend has emerged to describe how Pistorius treated her during courtship, the Telegraph reports. "He kept pestering her, phoning and phoning and phoning her. Oscar was hasty and impatient and very moody—that's my impression of him," said Cecil Myers, who once lived with Steenkamp in Johannesburg. Myers added that he talked to Pistorius about his behavior because she felt "felt caged in." Told to back off, Pistorius "agreed," said Myers, "but his face showed me what he was thinking: 'Oh, this guy is talking nonsense.'"

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Scott603
Feb 25, 2013 6:09 PM CST
There's a perfectly logical explanation for this. Pistorius here's a sound, so he gets his 9mm. In the bathroom he sees the intruder, who is obviously disguised as his girlfriend in order to get his guard down and attack. Realizing this Pistorious bashes the intruders skull in and then wisely shoots her four times after she retreats to the locked toilet stall. Upon returning to bed he notices his girlfriend is not there and suddenly realizes his horrific mistake.
Tology
Feb 25, 2013 9:12 AM CST
He beat down the door with a cricket bat then shot through the door. Door must be another name for girlfriend in South Africa.
Imhotep
Feb 25, 2013 9:07 AM CST
Just like I said many posts back. He bashed in her head with the cricket bat. Then when she retreated to the toilet stall he got his gun and finished her off with four bullets. She wanted to leave him and he couldn't handle it. I mean , how many different scenarios could there be that brought out his rage. Or anyone's rage for that matter. Jealousy. I doubt it was the color of her wedding dress. Lets hope someone does him in before the trial. And in kind. First the cricket bat to the head, then four slugs.