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Police are investigating if Oscar Pistorius may have shot dead his girlfriend in a fit of ‘roid rage’ – an explosion of aggression caused by performance-boosting steroids.
Officers who searched the 26-year-old’s home after Reeva Steenkamp was killed are reported to have found steroids, according to The Sun.
There are also reports that police specifically requested Pistorius’ blood be tested for drugs and steroids.
Miss Steenkamp, 29, was shot four times early on Thursday at Pistorius’s luxury home in a secure housing estate on the outskirts of Pretoria.
Police have rubbished speculation that Pistorius – who is known to have kept a pistol by his bed and a machine gun at his bedroom window – may have mistaken his girlfriend of three months for an intruder.
As he awaits the result of his bail application tomorrow, it was reported this morning that Pistorius accidentally discharged a gun in a busy Johannesburg restaurant – and nearly hit his friend’s foot.
The Paralympic star visited a branch of the South African restaurant chain Tasha’s with group of friends which included girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in January this year.
According to boxer Kevin Lerena, who was also part of the dining party, Pistorius was given the gun by someone else in the group.
He was examining the weapon when it suddenly went off, Mr Lerena claimed.
‘I got a huge fright, because the bullet hit the ground just centimetres from my foot’, Lerena told South Africa’s Beeld newspaper.
He went on: ‘I must emphasize that the gun belonged to one of Pistorius’ friends – I’m not going to mention his name.
‘Oscar just wanted to look at the gun, and it sort of snagged on his pants, releasing the safety catch.
‘A shot went off. I wouldn’t call him negligent, it was just an accident. He apologised to me for days afterwards,’ Mr Lerena reportedly said.
The restaurant’s manager Jason Loupis has said that he heard a ‘loud bang’ but that when he went to investigate, everyone on the table denied it was them.
The model’s mother has spoken out for the first time since her daughter’s death saying “why would he kill my angel?’ June Steenkamp, a mother-of-three, sobbed uncontrollably as she described Reeva as ‘the most beautiful person in the world’.
She added: ‘She was our golden angel and had so much love to give. I don’t understand… I just don’t understand. I don’t know why this has happened. What for? Why would he do it?’
South African police believe Pistorius may have beaten his girlfriend with a cricket bat before shooting her.
Detectives are reported to have recovered a bloodied bat from the Paralympic champion’s bedroom and to have established that model Reeva Steenkamp’s skull had been ‘crushed’.
This and other evidence – a smashed bathroom door, a 9mm pistol, the peculiar pattern of wounds on the body and reports of a row earlier in the evening – is said to have led them to believe the murder case against the sprinter is ‘rock solid’.
Prosecutors have formally charged Pistorius with premeditated murder but the Blade Runner’s family say he firmly denies such a charge.
Yesterday it emerged that he called his close friend Justin Divaris shortly after the killing – reportedly before the emergency services were alerted – and told him: ‘There has been a terrible accident, I shot Reeva.’
Mr Divaris rushed to the house, where he said Pistorius repeatedly told him: ‘My baba, I’ve killed my baba. God take me away.’
While no officials would comment publicly on the case, a disturbing – though disputed – picture of what may have happened in Pistorius’s home started to emerge.
Neighbours have said they heard shouting coming from the house at around 1.30am. There were some suggestions, quickly denied, that the row may have been about Miss Steenkamp’s friendship with a rugby player.
At around 3.20am, four shots rang out – apparently not all at once. The first person Pistorius called was his father Henke, 59.
When he arrived, he allegedly saw his son carrying his nightie-clad girlfriend down the stairs.
She had been shot in the head, hip, arm and hand. Pistorius – and later paramedics – struggled in vain to save Miss Steenkamp’s life.
Police reportedly found the bloodied cricket bat in the bedroom. The en-suite bathroom door was riddled with holes, a pistol holster was found by Pistorius’s bed and a gun cartridge was on the floor.
South Africa’s City Press quoted an unnamed police source as saying: ‘The suspicion is that the first shot, in the bedroom, hit her in the hip. She then ran and locked herself in the toilet.
‘She was doubled over because of the pain. He fired three more shots. She probably covered her head, which is why the bullet also went through her hand.’
The source said police are carrying out tests to establish whose blood is on the bat.
While one scenario is that Pistorius attacked Miss Steenkamp with the wooden bat, it has also been claimed that the model may have used it to defend herself.
A third possibility is that Pistorius used it to break down the bathroom door. Those close to Pistorius have suggested that he may done so in a bid to ‘save’ his dying girlfriend.
Source: Daily Mail Uk