On the third day of hearings for South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, officers testified that they found needles and testosterone atthe double amputee’s home.
But the athlete’s lawyer said the substance was an herbal remedy and not a steroid of a banned substance.
Barry Roux, Mr. Pistorius’s defense lawyer, said the substance found at his client’s home did not figure among banned drugs.
It was “not a steroid and it is not a banned substance,” Mr. Roux said, accusing the police of taking “every piece of evidence and try to extract the most possibly negative connotation and present it to the court.”
At Wednesday’s bail hearing in Pretoria, Pistorius denied the charges of premeditated murder for shooting his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, four times through a bathroom door. But new evidence about the track star’s lifestyle might indicate that it was likely he didn’t think Steenkamp was a burglar. In fact, neighbors report that the two were arguing before her death, which would suggest Pistorius knew Steenkamp was in the bathroom when he shot.
The New York Times is also reporting that Pistorius has had trouble with guns before Steenkamp’s murder.
According to police detective Hilton Botha, Mr. Pistorius accidentally fired a weapon at a restaurant in January and persuaded a companion to take responsibility. He had also threatened violence in another incident in an altercation about a woman. In an incident in 2009, Mr. Botha said, an unidentified woman had accused Mr. Pistorius of assault but, as the investigating officer in the episode, he had determined her claim could not be proved and the case was dropped.
The bail hearing today ended without a decision, and the investigation is still ongoing. Pistorius, however, is considered a flight risk and detectives are urging the court to deny bail.