Pistorius witness heard argument before shooting

  • A witness heard "non-stop talking like fighting" from the home of Oscar Pistorius before shots were fired in the early hours of February 14, according to South African prosecutors on Wednesday.

    The Olympian and Paralympian has been charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

    It is the second day of his bail hearing in Pretoria.

    Pistorius claims he shot her through a bathroom door after believing she was an intruder.

    As the prosecution began setting out its case, it said a witness had testified to hearing "non-stop talking like fighting" between 2-3 am.

    Pistorius said he was asleep until just moments before the shooting, adding that there had been no argument.

    Steenkamp was "dressed" at the time of the shooting, the prosecution added.

    The chief investigating officer Hilton Botha later took the stand, saying he arrived at the house at 4:15 and found Steenkamp lying dead on the floor.

    A lawyer and Pistorius's brother were already at the scene.

    Steenkamp had been shot in the right side of her head, her right hip and her right elbow, according to Botha.

    Two days have been set aside for the bail hearing but it seems it may only be completed until the end of the week. A full trial is not expected for months.

    The first day of the bail hearing coincided with Steenkamp's funeral.

    The 29-year-old model and law graduate was cremated in her home town of Port Elizabeth.

    The case has sparked immense interest in South Africa, where Pistorius is seen as a national hero.

    Popularly known as "blade runner", Pistorius was born without a fibula in both legs.

    He made history at the 2012 London Games when he became the first double-amputee track athlete to compete in the Olympics.

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