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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:39 PM

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

What a tool. never cared about him or his story which I don't know why he is legless but hopefully someone cut them off because he's an ass. was'nt into the bladerunner thing should'nt of been allowed in the Olympics still against it when the next legless wonder comes along.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

Reports that he was in possession of steroids.
Possibly a roid rage incident?

In Oscar Pistorius Murder Case, Possible Steroid Use Under Scrutiny


The discovery of drugs at the home of Oscar Pistorius, the Parlaympic and Olympic sprinter who has been accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, is raising new questions about the role steroids might have played in the tragedy.


Reports indicated that police found a cache of drugs in the bedroom of Pistorius’s home in the capital city of Pretoria.

"The drugs and syringes were found shortly after the house was sealed off,” said an unnamed senior officer to the Times Live, a South African newspaper. “Crime scene investigators were searching a room linked to the crime when they found them.”


The drugs are being subjected to laboratory tests at the University of the Free State, as are blood and urine samples from Pistorius himself. It is unclear at this point whether anabolic steroids are among the drugs reportedly discovered by police.

Even if that turns out to be the case, experts are skeptical as to whether steroids could have been a major factor in this tragic incident.

“The concept of ‘roid rage’ comes up in the media often, but it’s not a medical term,” William Llewellyn, a scientist who is the CEO of Molecular Nutrition and author of "Anabolics," a book now in its 10th edition that examines performance drugs used by athletes, said.

“In the medical community there is no data suggesting that anabolic steroids affects someone’s behavior to that kind of extreme. Hormones can affect your mood, so it’s possible to become a little more irritable or a little more aggressive.”

Abraham Morgentaler, founder of Men’s Health Boston and author of "Testosterone for Life," said that the illicit drugs often taken by athletes have little in common with medically sanctioned testosterone treatments.

“Medical grade testosterone does not cause anything similar to steroid rage,” he said. “Those are anecdotal stories about men who use illicit or illegal steroids at levels that are very high. What’s important to understand is these illicit steroids have undergone little or no testing on humans, and the levels these athletes try and use them at are in many cases up to 50 times the normal testosterone levels seen in men.”

Pistorius, 26, was born without fibulas, or calf bones, and has had both legs amputated below the knee. He was the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympic Games when he made it to the semifinals in the 400-meter race last year. He races with carbon-fiber prosthetic blades.

The athlete’s girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was killed on the morning of Feb. 14. She had locked herself inside Pistorius’s bathroom when he fired four times through the door. She suffered three bullet wounds, and Pistorius claims she died in his arms as he carried her downstairs.

Pistorius stands accused of premeditated murder, but he said in a statement read by his attorney on Tuesday that he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder.

In court, Pistorius broke down in tears several times.

“I fail to understand how I could be charged with murder as I had no intention to kill my girlfriend," said the statement.

Pistorius was known to have a bit of a reckless personality well before the Feb. 14 tragedy; there have also been reports of previous domestic disturbances at his home.

It is yet unclear if Pistorius might have used illicit steroids, and experts say the drug’s impacts on his mood would be hard to predict at this point.

“Millions of people use these drugs. It’s possible Pistorius could have been using steroids; it’s very common in competitive sports,” said Llewellyn.

“Unfortunately, every once in a while someone is going to commit a heinous act and they could be using one of any number of illegal substances. It’s very salacious, so it’s easy to jump to the conclusion that steroids played a role.”


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

You can pretty much bank that every "athelete" is juicing or has juiced. Sports is becoming corrupt or more corrupt. allegations of rigged soccer matches at all levels.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:49 PM

way to blow it champ... idiot.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 03:01 AM

"@CNN: Pistorius to face more charges; Witnesses heard arguing before shooting. http://t.co/8AqjhyOX"


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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:58 AM

Hmm. I'm not sure what to think here.

Looks like he might be granted bail anyway. I don't think the South African Police have handled this very well at all.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:17 AM

Sorry, but I can't help but notice his ease of access to a handgun. I know this isn't the USA, but it seems like another case of 'I'm angry, I'm going to vent my anger with bullets'. If he didn't have a gun, she still might have been able to call for help. Another scared woman falls prey to a wimp wth a gun.


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PRETORIA-A witness heard “non-stop shouting” in the home of athletics star Oscar Pistorius shortly before his girlfriend was shot dead, the lead detective in the murder investigation said on Wednesday.

Warrant officer Hilton Botha, a detective with 24 years on the force, also told the Pretoria magistrates court that police had found two containers of testosterone and needles in Pistorius' bedroom.

Pistorius, a double amputee dubbed “Blade Runner” because he raced on carbon fibre blades, sobbed uncontrollably as Botha presented his testimony about the death of Reeva Steenkamp, 29.

The law graduate and model was in the toilet of the athlete's home when she was shot dead.

The shooting and allegations that have emerged at the bail hearing have stunned South Africa and millions of people around the world who regarded Pistorius, who has no lower legs, as the epitome of sporting triumph over adversity.

“One of our witnesses heard a fight, two people talking loudly at each other ... from two in the morning to three,” Botha told the court.

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In an affidavit delivered on Tuesday, Pistorius said he woke in the middle of the night and thought an intruder had climbed through his bathroom window and entered the adjoining toilet.

The 26-year-old said he grabbed a 9-mm pistol from under his bed and went into the bathroom.

Pistorius—the highest-profile athlete in the history of the Paralympics — then described how he fired into the locked toilet door in a blind panic in the belief the intruder was lurking inside.

In his testimony on Wednesday, Botha disputed Pistorius' affidavit.

“I believe he knew she (Steenkamp) was in the bathroom and he shot four shots through the door,” the detective said, adding the angle at which the rounds were fired suggested they were aimed deliberately at somebody on the toilet.

Pistorius had said he moved into the bathroom on his stumps — the reason he felt so vulnerable — but Botha said the shots went in a “top to bottom” trajectory, suggesting Pistorius was wearing his artificial legs when he pulled the trigger.

“It seems to me it was fired down,” he said.

Botha also cited another witness on the upscale gated community near Pretoria where Pistorius lived as saying he heard a shot, followed 17 minutes later by more shots.

Another witness also spoke of a shot followed by screams, followed by more shots, he said.

Steenkamp was hit in the head, arm and hip in the locker-sized toilet room adjoining the bathroom, which itself led from the bedroom.

Pistorius' defence team disputed Botha's reference to “testosterone”, saying the substance was a legitimate herbal remedy called “testo-composutim co-enzyme.”

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Details on the makeup of testo-composutim co-enzyme were not immediately available but administering testosterone as an anabolic agent is banned at all times under World Anti-Doping Agency rules for sports people.

At Steenkamp's funeral in the south coast city of Port Elizabeth on Tuesday, grief was tinged with anger.

“I'm disgusted with what he did. He must be dealt with harshly,” said Gavin Venter, an ex-jockey who worked for Steenkamp's father. “Without a doubt he's a danger to the public. He'll be a danger to witnesses. He must stay in jail.”

The case has drawn further attention to endemic violence against women in South Africa after the gang-rape, mutilation and murder of a 17-year-old near Cape Town this month.

Members of the Women's League of the ruling African National Congress protested outside the Pretoria court, waving placards saying: “No Bail for Pistorius” and “Rot in jail.”

The arrest of Pistorius stunned the millions who had watched in awe last year as the Olympic and Paralympic sprinter reached the semi-final of the 400 metres in the London Olympics.

But the impact has been greatest in sports-mad South Africa, where Pistorius was seen as a rare hero who had transcended the racial divides that persist 19 years after the end of apartheid.

He carried South Africa's flag at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics, and U.S. magazine Sports Illustrated named him as one of the most inspiring figures of the year.

“Many questions are being asked, but we have no answers,” Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said in a statement.

The sprinter's endorsements and sponsorships included sportswear giant Nike, British telecoms firm BT, sunglasses maker Oakley and French designer Thierry Mugler and were thought to be worth as much as $2 million a year.

In his affidavit, Pistorius said he earned 5.6 million rand ($630,500) a year and owned properties worth nearly $1 million.

However, Nike and Mugler both said they had dropped Pistorius from advertising campaigns, while cosmetics firm Clarins said it was recalling its “A Man” perfume range out of “respect and compassion towards the families involved.”

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:16 AM

It just keeps getting more bizzare.


Detective in Pistorius case faces charges in 2011 shooting

Hilton Botha to appear in court in May on seven counts of attempted murder

The lead investigator in the murder case against Oscar Pistorius faces attempted murder charges himself over a 2011 shooting, police said Thursday.

The prosecution said they were unaware of the charges against the detective when they put him on the stand in court to explain why Pistorius should not be given bail.

Police Brig. Neville Malila told The Associated Press that detective Hilton Botha — who gave testimony in the Pistorius bail hearing on Wednesday — is scheduled to appear in court in May on seven counts of attempted murder. The charges relate to an incident in October 2011, when Botha and two other police officers fired shots at a minibus, Malila said.

Malila said police learned Wednesday, the same day that Botha appeared in court to oppose Pistorius' bail application, that the charges against Botha and the two others had been reinstated by the Director of Public Prosecutions. They were initially dropped following the shooting incident.

Malila said police were waiting for details from the Botha case file from the prosecutor.

Medupe Simasiku, the spokesman for the prosecutors charging Pistorius with premeditated murder, said he couldn't say how the charges against Botha would affect their case against Pistorius.

It was clear they could undermine it, however.

"The (Pistorius) prosecutors were not aware of those charges (against Botha)," Simasiku, of the National Prosecution Agency, said. "We are calling up the information so we can get the details of the case. From there we can take action and see if we remove him from the investigation or if he stays."

On Wednesday, the prosecution case against Pistorius began to unravel with revelations of a series of police blunders and Botha's admission that authorities have no evidence challenging the double-amputee Olympic athlete's claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally.

Pistorius faces a charge of premeditated murder, but says he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp accidentally with a licensed firearm after thinking she was a dangerous intruder in his house.

Confused testimony

In his often confused testimony, Botha, who was described as a 24-year police veteran with 16 years as a detective, conceded that police had left a 9 mm slug from the barrage that killed Steenkamp inside a toilet at the scene. Police also lost track of illegal ammunition found inside the house, Botha said, and the detective himself walked through the crime scene without wearing protective shoe covers, potentially contaminating the area.

He also claimed in court that police found boxes of testosterone and needles in multiple Paralympic champion Pistorius' bedroom following the Valentine's Day shooting last week, but then said later he wasn't sure what the exact name of the substance was.

The prosecution conceded laboratory tests on the substance weren't yet completed and so it was unclear what it was.

Pistorius's defence lawyer Barry Roux asserted that authorities were taking "every piece of evidence to try to extract the most possibly negative connotation and present it to the court."

The case, which is still only in a bail hearing, has riveted much of the world with its dramatic developments as Pistorius, the man known as the Blade Runner for his famous carbon-fiber running prostheses, says he shot and killed model Steenkamp by mistake.

Pistorius fired four shots through the locked door of a toilet enclosed inside his bathroom because he thought there was an intruder in there, he says.

Prosecutors say he intended to kill the 29-year-old Steenkamp after a fight in the early hours of the morning.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:51 PM

The police there really botched up, to the point that he might walk. That's really stupid, especially if people even heard arguing before it, but.. on the plus side, given it, if he truly was guilty, which I think he was anyway, he probably won't come out of this in a favourable position. I wouldn't think sponsors would touch him, and he won't have the support he had before.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:27 PM

The police there really botched up, to the point that he might walk. That's really stupid, especially if people even heard arguing before it, but.. on the plus side, given it, if he truly was guilty, which I think he was anyway, he probably won't come out of this in a favourable position. I wouldn't think sponsors would touch him, and he won't have the support he had before.


The police there really botched up, to the point that he might walk.


he might walk.


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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:29 PM

Innocent.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 01:31 PM

Sounds like they should bring in a special consultant to help with the murder case. I understand that LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman who did a great job on the OJ murder investigation and trial might be available.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 07:33 PM

As the world turns. Who needs TV soap operas?
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:36 AM

Innocent.


Of Premeditated Murder. He already admitted to accidentally shooting her. I don't see why the prosecutors are going with premeditated murder when 2nd degree murder or manslaughter would be easier to win.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:46 AM

Of Premeditated Murder. He already admitted to accidentally shooting her. I don't see why the prosecutors are going with premeditated murder when 2nd degree murder or manslaughter would be easier to win.

Likely because the prosecution believes that it has sufficient evidence to support the charge laid and if not proved at trial second degree murder would be a lesser included charge.
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:28 PM

A new chief detective is taking over the case as the previous one is facing attempted murder charges from a previous incident.

Ahead of a judge's decision on whether to release Oscar Pistorius on bail, South African police on Thursday appointed a new chief detective in the murder case, replacing a veteran policeman who was himself charged with attempted murder.


The sensational twist in the state's troubled investigation fuelled growing public fascination with the case against the double-amputee Olympian, who is charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine's Day.

Pistorius, a sporting icon and source of inspiration to millions until the shooting a week ago, is backed by a high-powered team of lawyers and publicists. The abruptness of his fall, and its gruesome circumstances, have gripped a global audience and put South Africa's police and judicial system under the spotlight.


The man at the centre of the storm sat in the dock during his bail hearing, mostly keeping his composure in contrast to slumped-over outbursts of weeping and sobbing on previous days in court. In front of Pistorius, defence lawyer Barry Roux pounced on the apparent disarray in the state's case, laying out arguments that amounted to a test run for the full trial yet to come.


Roux pointed to what he called the "poor quality" of the state's investigation and raised the matter of intent, saying Pistorius and Steenkamp had a "loving relationship" and the Olympian therefore had no motive to plan her killing.

Pistorius, 26, said he mistook Steen-kamp for an intruder when he shot her through a locked door in a bathroom in his home. Prosecutors believe the shooting happened after the couple got into an argument, and prosecutor Gerrie Nel painted a picture of a man he said was "willing and ready to fire and kill."


Much of the drama Thursday, however, happened outside the courtroom as South African police scrambled to get their investigation on track.


In a news conference at a training academy, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said a senior detective would gather a team of "highly skilled and experienced" officers to investigate the killing of 29-year-old Steenkamp, a model and budding reality TV contestant.


The decision to put police Lt. Gen. Vinesh Moonoo in charge came soon after word emerged that the initial chief investigator, Hilton Botha, is facing attempted murder charges, and a day after he offered testimony damaging to the prosecution.


Botha acknowledged Wednesday in court that police had left a 9 mm slug in the toilet and had lost track of allegedly illegal ammunition found in Pistorius' home.


Bulewa Makeke, spokeswoman for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority, said the attempted murder charges had been reinstated against Botha on Feb. 4. Police say they found out about it after Botha testified in Pistorius' bail hearing Wednesday.


Botha and two other police officers had seven counts of attempted murder reinstated against them in relation to a 2011 shooting incident. Botha and his two colleagues allegedly fired shots at a minibus they were trying to stop.

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Pistorius has been granted bail

Oscar Pistorius was granted bail Friday, paving the way for him to be freed from custody pending his trial in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair made the ruling Friday after four days of arguments from prosecution and defence in Pistorius's bail hearing, and after spending about one hour and 45 minutes announcing his decision.


Nair said Pistorius's affidavit, in which he gave his version of the events of the shooting on morning of Feb. 14 in a sworn statement, had helped his application for bail in Pretoria Magistrate's Court.


Pistorius's supporters shouted "Yes" when the magistrate made his ruling. Nair then ordered a court break before establishing the terms of the bail.


Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp in the predawn hours of Feb. 14. The athlete says he shot his girlfriend accidentally believing she was an intruder in his house.


Prosecutors say he intended to kill Steenkamp and charged him with premeditated murder, saying the shooting followed a loud argument between the two.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 01:10 PM

I know this is off-topic, but am I the only one here who thinks of "Jaco" every time you hear that last name?
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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

New info coming out now apparently. He didn't just shoot her to death, apparently he beat her head in with a cricket bat THEN shot her four times. His accident claim is compeltely bogus, but I really hope the detectives and such in charge didn't blow the case already.




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