A South African magistrate laid out the reasons for his decision for nearly two hours today, saying there was no reason to believe the double-amputee athlete is a flight risk. (Themba Hadebe/The Associated Press)
Bulewa Makeke, spokeswoman for the NPA, said it was a decision for police and not prosecutors whether to take detective Hilton Botha off the case that has riveted the world’s attention and is bringing scrutiny on South Africa’s justice system. Botha testified on Wednesday in the case, acknowledging that nothing in Pistorius’ account of the fatal Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend contradicted what police had discovered. That testimony in the double amputee’s bail hearing marked a setback for the prosecution.
The lead detective in the Pistorius murder case is himself facing attempted murder charges for firing on a minibus full of passengers, South African police said on Thursday as prosecutors argued in court to deny the athlete bail. (ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)
The double amputee said in an affidavit read by his lawyer at his bail hearing Tuesday that he felt vulnerable because he did not have on his prosthetic legs when he pumped bullets into the locked bathroom door.
Then he realized that model Reeva Steenkamp was not in his bed. He says “It filled me with horror and fear …”
He put on his legs, tried to kick down the door, then bashed it in with a cricket bat to find Steenkamp, 29, shot inside.
He said he ran downstairs with her, but “She died in my arms.” (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)
This is a telling photo: Photo taken through a car window shows workers taking down a billboard of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius endorsing a product in Johannesburg, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Pistorius was taken into custody after a 30-year-old woman, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot dead at his home. (Front billboard for Master Card has nothing to do with Pistorius story.) (AP Photo/Dion Chang)
Police said a 26-year-old male would appear in court later today.
Police in South Africa do not name suspects in crimes until they have appeared in court but police spokesperson Brig. Denise Beukes said that Pistorius was at his home after the death of the 29-year-old Steenkamp and “there is no other suspect involved.” (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images; AP Photo/Lucky Nxumalo-Citypress)
Another amazing photo from the Paralympics: China’s He Junquan bites on a towel to aid his start in the men’s 50m Backstroke S5 race at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park. The S5 category is for swimmers with major limb loss of two limbs or with full use of their arms and hands but no trunk or leg muscles; swimmers with moderate coordination problems.
It was never a hindrance to the 26-year-old, who was, at one stage, in the top 100 American college football prospects, and is now among the quickest Paralympic sprinters on the planet.
Silver medallist in the 100 metres four years ago, this time around he will do battle against holder Oscar Pistorius, world record pacesetter Jonnie Peacock of Britain, compatriot Blake Leeper and Arnu Fourie. He expects big things.
“This is going to be some of the best amputee sprinting you’ve ever seen. Period.” (Getty Images)
Paralympic archer Matt Stutzman uses his feet to hold and aim his bow while demonstrating his archery technique in New York. Stutzman, who was born without arms, will be representing the U.S. in the upcoming 2012 Paralympic Games in London. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres, 37, of Spain carries his orthopaedic legs after a training session on the Balearic island of Palma de Mallorca May 15, 2012. This summer, Torres, who has previously won 16 paralympic medals, will participate in his sixth paralympic games. He currently owns four world swimming records in different categories. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo