A new book by two amateur investigators claims that Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius beat his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp before fatally shooting her Feb. 14, 2013.
Pistorius claimed during his trial that he shot through his bathroom door because he suspected an intruder was in his home, according to The Sun.
He also told the court he then tried to break down the door with a cricket bat. But when he realized it was Steenkamp, he tried to help her.
Calvin and Thomas Mollett, brothers who have written two previous books on murder cases, come to different conclusions.
“Oscar went after her with a cricket bat – infuriated that she had locked herself away from him – and to scare and frighten her, he hit the door with the cricket bat about two to three times and also hit the steel plate against the bathtub wall,” Thomas Mollet said, according to The Sun.
A neighbor heard Pistorius and Steenkamp arguing for over an hour on the night she died.
A hole in Pistorius’ bedroom door matches a pellet fired from an air gun, which can be seen in images of the crime scene.
A wound was found on Steenkamp’s arm which the Mollett brothers allege is of a similar size, suggesting that Pistorius first fired the air gun at Steenkamp.
However, the official investigation put the wound down to “a small irregular contusion.”
“Why was Oscar not asked about this fresh bullet hole in his bedroom door under cross-examination. Who fires a pellet through a bedroom door just for the sake of it. It must raise serious questions about Oscar’s [behavior] if nothing else,” Thomas added.
The brothers are very critical of the police.
“One gets the impression that police arrived on the scene and thought they had an open and shut case against Oscar. They knew he pulled the trigger, and had statements from the [neighbors] who heard a woman scream – why bother doing a proper forensic investigation,” the brothers wrote in their book, which is entitled "Oscar vs The Truth."
Pistorius is due to appear in court again in June when a sentencing hearing on the murder charge is to be held.
“We end the book off where we state, after considering all the evidence… 'we came to the conclusion that there was certainly a fight and that he knew she was behind the door,'” Thomas told Cape Talk.