The star Olympian and Paralympian was charged on Friday with the murder of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp who was shot dead at his luxury Pretoria home in a case that has gripped the world.
Police sources close to the investigation told the independent City Press newspaper that Steenkamp’s skull had been “crushed”.
“There was lots of blood on the bat,” one source told the paper.
Police are investigating whether the bat was used to assault Steenkamp, who was shot four times in the early hours of Thursday, or if she used it to defend herself.
Police have dismissed initial suggestions that Pistorius, 26, could have mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder, and City Press said she was wearing a nightie at the time of the killing.
Shadows emerge in the life of Pistorius
“The suspicion is that the first shot, in the bedroom, hit her in the hip. She then ran and hid herself in the toilet … He fire three more shots,” a police source told City Press.
Pistorius - a national icon who inspired people around the world when he became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympic Games last year - is spending the weekend in a police cell after being charged with murder.
He is due to apply for bail at a new court hearing on Tuesday, the same day a memorial service will be held for his slain girlfriend.
Pistorius, who had been going out with Steenkamp since late last year, faces a life sentence if convicted of premeditated murder, as alleged by state prosecutors.
South African police on Friday said they would charge Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius with murder after his girlfriend was shot and killed at his home early Thursday morning.
The circumstances of the incident are still unclear but police in South Africa said they would oppose bail when the star athlete appears in court later today.
Representatives for Pistorius in South Africa and the United Kingdom could not immediately be reached for comment by USA TODAY.
Earlier, multiple media outlets in the country, including the Mail & Guardian and the South African Press Agency, citing local police, said the woman, 30, died at the scene at the athlete’s house in Pretoria. The original source of the report appears to be Beeld, an Afrikaans-language daily newspaper. Local radio also reported on the fatal shooting.
Runners who’ve faced off against Oscar Pistorius say they know when the South African is closing in on them from behind. They hear a distinctive clicking noise growing louder, like a pair of scissors slicing through the air—the sound of Pistorius’s Flex-Foot Cheetah prosthetic legs.
It’s those long, J-shaped, carbon-fiber lower legs—and the world-class race times that come with them—that have some people asking an unpopular question: Does Pistorius, the man who has overcome so much to be the first double amputee to run at an Olympic level, have an unfair advantage? Scientists are becoming entwined in a debate over whether Pistorius should be allowed to compete in the 2012 London Games.
Pistorius was born without fibulas, one of the two long bones in the lower leg. He was unable to walk as a baby, and at 11 months old both of his legs were amputated below the knee. But the growing child didn’t let his disability slow him down. At age 12 he was playing rugby with the other boys, and in 2005, at age 18, he ran the 400-meter race in 47.34 seconds at the South African Championships, sixth best. Now 25, the man nicknamed the “Blade Runner” has qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, just three weeks before the games were to begin. But should he be allowed to compete?
Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee runner who has forced sports officials and fans to reconsider the distinction between disabled and able-bodied athletes, was named Wednesday to South Africa’s Olympic track team for this summer’s London Games. He will become the first amputee to compete in track at the Olympics and instantly joins athletes like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt as one of the Games’ biggest attractions.
His presence on the most prominent stage in sports will no doubt rekindle an international debate over whether his J-shaped, carbon-fiber prosthetic blades give him an unfair advantage.
“Today is truly one of the proudest days of my life,” Pistorius said in a statement.
His Olympic hopes were seemingly extinguished last week when he failed in his final attempt to meet South Africa’s qualifying standard. But in a surprise announcement Wednesday, his country’s Olympic committee said he was worthy of a spot on the team for the individual 400 meters and the 4x400-meter relay. He will be considered a long shot to win a medal in either event; simply advancing to the finals would be a success.
When Pistorius attaches his prosthetic limbs and steps to the starting line for the 400-meter preliminary heats on Aug. 4, he will break preconceived notions of what it means to be disabled and provide a glimpse into the future, said Hugh Herr, the director of the Biomechatronics Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and one of Pistorius’s most vocal advocates.
(CNN) — He’s “the fastest man on no legs,” or — as his sponsor’s high-profile advertising campaign put it — “the bullet in the chamber.”
He is Oscar Pistorius, the “Blade Runner” who is changing the world’s perception of what is acceptable on an athletics track.
Born without a fibula bone in each leg, the South African is the first double amputee to run at the world championships, and next year he will be the first to race at the Olympics.
“I think next year’s going to be quite a big year, as far as demand on my performances,” the 24-year-old told CNN.
“I feel that the condition I’m in and the knowledge I’ve gained probably will definitely help me in achieving those times in the first half of next season. So I know next year is going to be a big year.”
Pistorius qualified for the 400 meters with a time of 45.07 seconds in Italy in July, which is less than two seconds slower than Michael Johnson’s 1999 world record and would have given him fifth place in the final of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.