South African authorities are admitting a mistake by one of the police testifying at yesterday’s hearing for Oscar Pistorius, the Olympic Sprinter accused of murdering his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp.
Detective Hilton Botha said in court that police found testosterone and needles in the bedroom of the Olympic athlete. Prosecutors later said it is not certain what the substance is, and the defense claims it was not a banned substance but rather an “herbal” supplement.
Botha also told the court that neighbors complained of “non-stop shouting” coming from the Pistorius home for two hours preceding the shooting death of Steenkamp, from 1:00am to 3:00am. The first emergency call from the Pistorius home came at 3:19am.
Prosecutors say Pistorius deliberately shot his 9 millimeter handgun through a bathroom door at Steenkamp, killing her. They say her iPad will be a key piece of evidence in the case. The defense claims Pistorius thought a burglar was in the bathroom and acted in what he thought was self-defense.