According to a report in the Sunday Times, ballistics evidence now backs up Mr
Pistorius’s claim that he was on his stumps.
The paper quoted “a person with inside knowledge of the case” against Mr
Pistorius as saying: “The defence will try to show that his actions were
reasonable for a person with a disability.” Another report, in the City
Press newspaper, claims that Miss Steenkamp’s post-mortem examination
report, also in the police dossier, reveals she was crouching behind the
bathroom door when she was shot in the head, hip and arm.
The paper cites Hilton Botha, the former lead police investigator in the case,
as saying that detectives believed forensic examination would back up their
theory that Miss Steenkamp was hiding in the bathroom rather than using the
Monday’s pretrial hearing at Pretoria Magistrate’s court is expected to hear
that Mr Pistorius’s trial will begin at the capital city’s high court on
March 3 and last until March 20.
Among those who will reportedly be called as witnesses for the prosecution are
Samantha Taylor, a former girlfriend of Mr Pistorius, and Marc Batchelor, an
acquaintance whose legs the athlete is alleged to have threatened to break.
The Sunday Times reports that the state will seek to portray Mr Pistorius as a
“trigger-happy, aggressive” personality who was “prone to violent outbursts”.
Claims last week that it would seek to add two charges of recklessly
discharging a gun in a public place — once by accident in a Johannesburg
restaurant, and once in a friend’s car — have been played down by the
defence team who have suggested they will object to any such move.
Meanwhile in Port Elizabeth, the seaside town where Miss Steenkamp grew up,
her parents and close family will gather to celebrate what would have been
her 30th birthday.
“We will be doing something casual, baking a cake for her, being together as a
family,” Miss Steenkamp’s uncle Mike told The Daily Telegraph. “We certainly
won’t be watching the trial. We will be thinking about her.” Desi Myers,
with whom Miss Steenkamp lived in Johannesburg along with her daughters Gina
and Kim, tweeted that she was sending “love, strength and prayers” to Miss
“Six months ago our lives changed We became a different family with a
different history, a different future,” she wrote. “We are blessed to have
known you Reeves. Oh how your beautiful soul is missed.”