In June Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
However, new claims have come up about whether Pistorius only used the cricket bat to batter down the bathroom door.
In the book, Oscar vs The Truth, authors Calvin and Thomas Mollett say that the cricket bat may have been used before any shots were fired. Why do they say this? Well, detailed expert analysis of evidence said to have been overlooked at the trail has revealed bruising on Reeva’s back that matches the edge of the bat.
This new evidence suggests that Reeva was running away from Pistorius when she was struck on the back.
Forensic expert brothers Calvin and Thomas also studied the marks and abrasions on the cricket bat’s handle, which suggest that it was twisted violently in a struggle. Could one person have tried to take the cricket bat from another?
After carrying out painstaking checks to try and piece together Reeva’s last moments, the Mollett brothers claim that the alleged argument between Pistorius and Reeva lasted for more than just an hour and didn’t take place in just the bathroom but around the entire house.
This is what the pair wrote according to the Daily Maverick: “Oscar went after her with a cricket bat – infuriated that she locked herself away from him – and 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.”
The brothers carried out a series of their own tests which suggested that the cricket bat was so damaged due to at least 20 blows and forceful twisting of the handle, there is no way the rubber would have looked so torn and stretched after just four hard blows to the bathroom door.
The detailed report points towards the conclusion that the bruises on Reeva’s back were indeed caused by the same bat as she fled from Pistorius, seeking refuge in the bathroom.
Oscar Pistorius will learn his fate on June 17.
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