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'Nonstop shouting' at Oscar Pistorius' home

02/20/2013 11:13 AM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Oscar Pistorius was charged with the premeditated murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.(AP)
The bail hearing for Olympic star and Paralympics champion Oscar Pistorius continued on Wednesday with some revealing new information. Witness testimony was disclosed for the first time that could be very damning for Pistorius and his defense team.

Detectives claim that the witness testified that they heard "nonstop shouting" in the home of the South African star shortly before his girlfriend was shot dead.

Hilton Botha, a warrant officer and a detective of 24 years on the force, told the magistrates court in a bail hearing that police had found two containers of testosterone and needles in Pistorius' bedroom.

Pistorius and his defense team denied that claim. The double amputee was seen sobbing uncontrollably as Botha described the police and prosecution version of the scene that surrounded the death of the 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp. According to Botha, Steenkamp was struck in the head, arm and hip area with three bullets as the model lay in the bathroom.

"One of our witnesses heard a fight, two people talking loudly at each other, from two in the morning to three," Botha told the court. Pistorius' first call after the incident was to the manager of his high security complex at 3:17 a.m., according to Prosecutors.

When questioned by the defense team, Botha did admit that the witness in question was more than 650 yards from where the shooting occurred at Pistorius' house. The veteran officer did not waiver in his belief that Pistorius' act was premeditated when he stated, "I believe that he knew that Reeva was in the bathroom and he shot four shots through the door."

The defense counsel has been claiming all along that Pistorius' thought there was a burglar in his home. Feeling vulnerable without his prosthetic legs, he proceeded to fire bullets into the locked bathroom door. He then screamed to Steenkamp to call the police, but then feared the worst when he realized that she was not next to him in the bed in the dark room.

The hearing was adjourned until Thursday and is expected to conclude this week. If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius faces a life sentence in prison.

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