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Police oppose bail for Oscar

Pretoria: South Africa athletics star and killing suspect Oscar Pistorius is a flight risk and should not be granted bail, South African police argued in court on Wednesday.

Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder for the Valentine’s Day shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp with a 9mm pistol.

Pistorius asserted in a court affidavit on Tuesday that the shooting was accidental and he thought the model was an intruder in his home.

Police officer Hilton Botha said in the star athlete’s bail hearing on Wednesday that Pistorius illegally possessed .38-caliber ammunition in a safe in his bedroom. The policeman testified that Pistorius did not have a license for a .38-caliber weapon and consequently possession of that ammunition was illegal.

The detective said that all Pistorius would say after the shooting was “he thought it was a burglar”.

In an additional revelation on Wednesday, police said they found two boxes of testosterone and needles in the Pistorius’ bedroom.

Pistorius’ defense lawyer, Barry Roux, however, said the substance found in the bedroom was a “herbal remedy” and not a steroid and not a banned substance.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said police are not saying that Pistorius used the substance, simply that it was found in his bedroom.

Medupe Simasiku, a spokesman for South Africa’s National Prosecution Agency, said it is too early to identify the substance as it is still undergoing laboratory tests. Simasiku said it is “not certain” what the substance is.

In another development, it was revealed that a witness heard “non-stop shouting” in the home of Oscar Pistorius shortly before his girlfriend was shot dead, the lead detective in the murder investigation said on Wednesday.

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.

“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.

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.