uncertain performance of his examination at the trial of Paralympic and Olympic sprinter
The indictment against the sports star Oscar Pistorius has suffered a blow Wednesday when the South African Police acknowledged a series of mistakes in their investigation.
Sitting on the dock Pistorius seemed more calm and composed than any other time of the bond hearing to date, while the smiles on the faces of his family suggested that they felt the dynamics changed form.
amputated athlete, known as Blade Runner, admitted fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp at his home on February 14, but says he took to be intruder . He faces a charge of premeditated murder.
The main character in another day of drama at Pretoria Magistrates Court was police detective Hilton Botha, whose arguments the stage collapsed under the cons-examination.
Botha initially claimed he had found two boxes of "steroids" room Pistorius, fast is to change this to "two boxes of testosterone, needles and injections." Later, when questioned by defense lawyer Barry Roux, Botha had to admit he could not be sure of their contents. Roux said he was a "herbal remedy" composutim testo-called co-enzyme used by many athletes, insisting: "It is not a steroid and is not a banned substance."
Botha also told the court of his witnesses had heard of a fight, "two people talking loudly to each other," between 2 and 3 am Feb. 14. However, under the pressure of Roux, admitted that the witness had not identified the voice as belonging to Pistorius and Steenkamp and lived about 600 meters. There was a collective murmur Pistorius family. Botha later changed its estimate of 300 meters when he was questioned by the prosecutor.
Botha acknowledged that Pistorius's legal team had found a dead ball cartridge in the toilet bowl that his officers were not. Botha also faced, saying. "Have you been in the house walking shoes unprotected That should not happen." Botha admitted that he should not.
Botha said police found two iPhones in the bathroom and two BlackBerry in the room, adding that he had not used the phone for help. But Roux said that the defense had another phone in his possession that the police had failed to apply. "Why do not you come with us and ask Pistorius cell phone number?" He asked.Roux
also reproached him for not having control Pistorius claims he called the hospital Netcare 3:20 pm.
Botha said ammunition for a .38 caliber weapon was found in the house, but Pistorius does not have a license to do so. "Have you taken steps to determine who is the owner of the ammunition was?" Defendant Roux. Botha replied: "No, I did not."
Roux said the autopsy showed that the bladder was empty Steenkamp. He said he was in line with its rising at 3am to go to the bathroom. Botha could not disagree.
wilt under pressure, Botha admitted that he had initially said there would be "no problem" with Pistorius receive bail, but changed his mind after talking to the forensics on "how it is passed down."
But asked repeatedly by Roux if the scene was something incompatible with the version of events presented by Pistorius court Tuesday, Botha had not confessed. Police "take every piece of evidence and try to remove the negative connotation possible and submit it to the court," said Roux.Botha, who has 24 years of experience as a police officer and 16 as a detective said. "May"