Remember that cricket bat from Oscar's bathroom? It's come back to haunt him

Remember that cricket bat from Oscar's bathroom? It's come back to haunt him

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Sunday, 17 February 2013. It's the day City Press reported that a bloodied cricket bat was found in the en-suit of Oscar's Pistorius' bedroom. The publication quoted one source close to the investigation as saying: "There was lots of blood on the bat." At the time -- a mere four days after Reeva Steenkamp was killed -- police were trying to figure out if the bat was used to assault Ms. Steenkamp or if she used it to protect herself from Mr. Pistorius.
 
And then, as the case gained momentum, that seemingly vital piece of information faded away and was confined to the belief that the bat was only used to break down the toilet door to help retrieve Ms. Steenkamp's body.
 
That is, until now. 
  
Brothers, Thomas and Calvin Mollett -- the authors of two books on Inge Lotz's murder -- have published shock revelations about what they believe was the intentional murder of South Africa's posthumous sweetheart. They believe Ms. Steenkamp sustained at least two blows to her body with the bat prior to locking herself in the toilet where she was shot four times at point blank range. The brothers also believe she died in that cubicle and not, as it was claimed during the trial, as she was carried downstairs. In excruciating detail, the Molletts describe the effect of arterial blood spatter from that of a corpse versus that of a live body. Their argument is as compelling as it is heartbreaking and persists throughout the book and on each point they challenge.
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Caption: Note: We realise that one has to account for the rounding and curves of the body, therefore, admittedly, this overlay is not ideal or completely accurate; however, it only aims to give an approximate indication of the positions of the rents and wounds relative to each other. Credit: Piquet Publishers
 
The book, which has just hit the shelves, acutely re-examines all the evidence surrounding the crime and the trial which followed. In roughly 206 pages, the authors unrelentingly present gaps in the State's investigation, the defence's case and the witnesses who testified. Their scrutiny is paired with over 500 images including autopsy pictures, the blood trail in the house that resulted from Ms. Steenkamp's body being carried and evidence from the bedroom and bathroom that had never featured in the trial. They make several assertions against the accepted belief of what happened in those early morning hours.
 
If you watched Netflix's Making a Murderer, this book will leave you thinking out loud at times.  
 
The theme that presented  itself time and time again was the importance of preserving a crime scene. The book begs the question... what if Ms. Steenkamp's only voice -- by way of the evidence left behind -- was muted by the way the evidence was collected in the hours after she had died? Why was a boot print found on the door of toilet? There is no doubt in the readers' mind that the absence of "unadulterated" evidence limited the truth of that night to just one person's version and that is Mr. Pistorius.  
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Caption: A very disconcerting aspect of this case is that there were several wounds on Reeva’s body that were not adequately explained by or accounted for by Professor Gert Saayman. Credit: Piquet Publishers
 
Oscar vs The Truth is an in depth read, but a worthwhile one. It has enough grip to appeal to Mr. Pistorius' supporters, detractors and those just interested the facts. Whatever your position, the questions put forward in the synopsis of the book are valid ones.
 
• Was Oscar on his stumps when he broke open the toilet door? 
• What do the clothes Reeva was wearing when the paramedics arrived tell us about the crime? 
• Which of the witnesses were in the best position to hear screams from Oscar’s house? 
• What caused the wounds on Reeva’s back? 
• Did the prosecution present all the evidence? 
 
The book retails at R260. The eBook costs R230. 
 
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