Last pictures of Reeva Steenkamp before her death emerged in a video that came out of a security camera footage. The video shows a glowing Reeva laughing and smiling as she enters Pistorious’ gated mansion in her Mini Cooper.
In the video, Pistorious was seen arriving in a white BMW but the cameras were not able to capture his face. Cecil Myers, whom the budding model called “Joburg dad” and whose house she had been staying in since September, told South Africa’s News 24 that Reeva had texted him, ‘Hi guys, I’m too tired. It’s too far to drive. I’m sleeping at Oscar’s tonight. See you tomorrow.’
Pistorious’ version to the court
Oscar Pistorious in his statement to the court, stood by his stand that he had mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder. He said that since he did not have his prosthetic legs on and felt vulnerable in the pitch dark, he pulled his 9mm pistol from under his bed and rushed towards the bathroom and fired at the door. He says that he had called his girlfriend whom he thought was in the bed, beside him and got no response. It was then that he realized that he had done something horribly wrong; he said to the Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair in a statement read by his lawyer.
Prosecutors however have trashed his statements and have said that his statements about breaking the locked bathroom door are contradictory in nature. On one hand he said that he had kicked the door in and at another point, he said that he has used a cricket bat to break it down. “I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms,” Pistorious said in his statement. “I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva.”
Prosecutors on the contrary, say that they believe Pistorius wore his prosthetic legs, picked up his gun and walked to the bathroom where Steenkamp, 29, had locked herself — apparently after a heated argument — and shot at her four times. There were three bullets on her person, and the funeral was held on Tuesday, the same day Pistorious was brought to the court.
Pistorius was seen much sobbing uncontrollably, at the mention of his girlfriend name. His family was seen standing by his side, consoling him. Magistrate Desmond Nair even went on to upgrade the charge against Pistorious to premediated murder. He said that he could not rule out the plan that Bladerunner had hatched a plan to kill Reeva Steenkamp. But he said that he would consider reducing this charge if there were strong evidences to the contrary. Allegations of premediated murder made it even more difficult for Pistorious’ lawyers to get a bail, because this would depend on ‘exceptional circumstances’ that justify his release.
In his statement, Pistorious said Steenkamp came over to his place on February 13 for a quiet dinner with him, instead of a night-out. They wrapped up the night with some television watching in the bed. Reeva even had brought a Valentine’s Day present with her wishing that he would open the next day. He said that he was woken up in the early hours of February 14 on hearing some sounds in the bathroom.
Pistorious added that he had been a victim to burglary and violence in the past and felt that contractors who worked at the house, had left the ladders outside, which would pose an easy access for a thief to climb into the house through the open bathroom window. He was groping in the dark on his amputated legs; soon he grabbed his pistol and shouted at the intruder to get out.
“I fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to phone the police. She did not respond and I moved backwards out of the bathroom, keeping my eye on the bathroom entrance,” Pistorius said in his statement. “Everything was pitch-dark in the bedroom and I was still too scared to switch on a light.”
“When I reached the bed, I realized that Reeva was not in bed. That is when it dawned on me that it could have been Reeva who was in the toilet. I returned to the bathroom calling her name,” he said.
He said that he flung open the balcony door and shouted for help, wore his prosthetic legs and tried to kick at the door in the bathroom that led to the toilet. He picked up the cricket bat, smashed panels out of the door to find the key and unlocked it. “Reeva was slumped over but alive,” he said. Pistorious called for help and decided to take her hospital but when she carried her downstairs, she died in his arms.
“I cannot bear to think of the suffering I have caused her and her family, knowing how much she was loved,” he said.”I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder, let alone premeditated murder because I had no intention to kill my girlfriend,” Pistorius said in the statement.”We were deeply in love and couldn’t be happier,” he said.”I loved her and I know she felt the same way.”
Why Prosecutors think Reeva was murdered
Prosecutors however say that Pistorious’s claim that he mistook her for an intruder is baseless because it would not make any sense for a burglar to hide behind a locked bathroom door. The police said that residents and neighbors have ‘heard things earlier’ alluding to the arguments that the couple had many times in the past. Sleuths are still trying to investigate the blood-stained cricket bat found in the home. It remains to be seen if it was used to hit Steenkamp or if she used it for self-defense or if the Blade Runner really tried to use it to break down the bathroom door. Here is more information on Reeva Steenkamp
Pistorius was released on bail on Friday and reported to authorities in Pretoria on Monday. Troubles seemed to have doubled the Pistorious family as Oscar’s brother Carl is also facing homicide charges for killing a female driver in a 2008 car crash.