Breaking News

Oscar Pistorius 'had a bad temper'

by Staff Reporter
16 February 2013 | 5761 Views
Johannesburg  - As Oscar Pistorius awaits his bail application to be held at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, a different picture is being painted of the once beloved South African hero.




On Friday Pistorius made his first court appearance for the alleged premeditated Valentine's Day murder of Reeva Steenkamp. It's alleged that she was shot several times through a bathroom door in the early hours of Thursday.

The family of the tearful Pistorius on Friday said they believed he was innocent and requested that the "process of proper investigation by the police, evidence-gathering, and through the local South African judicial system" be allowed to take its course.

Steenkamp has been described as a sweet and amazing person who didn't deserve to die, which has prompted former soccer player Mark Batchelor to reveal details of what led to the fight, in November, in which Pistorius threatened to break his legs because the model had been his close friend.

The Saturday Star newspaper reported that Batchelor said Pistorius's behaviour on a previous occasion had been problematic.

He claimed Pistorius was fuming when he discovered that, while he was participating in the London Olympics, his then-girlfriend Samantha Taylor had become involved with his multimillionaire friend, Clifton Shores producer Quinton van den Bergh.

 "Quinton was [at Kyalami race track] with about 50 people when Oscar approached him. He swore at him badly, saying he had no right to interfere with Sam. He said he would break his legs and fuck him up." Batchelor claimed Van den Bergh was shaken and embarrassed.

He told the Saturday Star he was angry when he heard about the confrontation and he called several mutual friends of Pistorius to tell the runner to back off. A few days later he received a call from Pistorius.

"He called me 'boy' and said he wanted to clear the air, saying he had heard I had a problem with him. I told him that he can't go around threatening people. He said he wasn't afraid of me and the phone cut," Batchelor claimed, adding that Pistorius had called back and sworn at him.

Batchelor said he ignored the "challenge" and was shocked to receive a call from a senior police official who asked that he attend a meeting with Pistorius. At the meeting three police "colonels" asked about the fight, intimating that Pistorius had friends in high places.

Bad temper

He claimed Pistorius had a bad temper, and that at the meeting the athlete had a black eye because he had been involved in a fight with a friend the night before.

"The man I heard on the phone is a different man from the image given out there. He carries a gun everywhere and I have seen him be controlling to women."

In an interview in the February edition of Afrikaans magazine Sarie, Pistorius gave a different version and told of his heartbreak.

 "You can't √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú or won't √¢‚Ǩ‚Äú give your side of the story because you want to keep your private life private. Many of the details in the newspapers have been heartbreaking.

"You trust someone and then they go and do something very unexpected. You learn," Pistorius told the magazine.

Back in court, memorial service

On Tuesday, Pistorius will return to the Pretoria Magistrate's Court for a bail application.

On the same day, a memorial service for Steenkamp will be held in her home town of Port Elizabeth. Steenkamp's body will be flown back and she will be cremated in a private service.

On Friday, as the State revealed it would be pursuing a case of premeditated murder, Pistorius leaned forward in the dock, buried his face in his hands and began weeping.

The 30-year-old model died at Pistorius's Silver Woods home after being shot four times.

The police were called to the scene by neighbours, who reportedly heard shouting, with the shots following a few hours later.

Beeld newspaper has suggested she was shot through a bathroom door. Steenkamp died on the scene.

On Friday, Pistorius's bail hearing was postponed.

The prosecutor, advocate Gerrie Nel, said the state would be pursuing a charge of premeditated murder, and that Pistorius would have to argue exceptional circumstances if he wanted bail.

However, the State did not oppose the defence team's request to hold Pistorius at the Brooklyn police cells, and not at Pretoria Central Prison.

Pistorius's advocate, Barry Roux, said many of his consultations with the athlete would be after hours.

Magistrate Desmond Nair questioned this, asking whether the sports star was not receiving preferential treatment.

"I just think that it's the right thing to do," said Nel.

As the lawyers spoke to the magistrate, Pistorius stared ahead, his face expressionless and his eyes almost closed, blinking slowly.

Every now and then, he would grimace, his jaw would clench, and he would begin crying, clasping his hands together as if in prayer or using them to cover his face.

Pistorius

Source: Sapa

Comments

News Updates via Email

Email:

News Updates via WhatsApp

Latest News

Mugabes get support - The Zanu-PF Harare Central District leadership h...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 653 Views

Chimene takes over from fired Mutsvangwa - The Zimbabwe National Libe...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 716 Views

Corpse found in US plane in Zimbabwe - Vigilant handling staff at the...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 927 Views

This and that with Mal'phosa - Long live the love letter

by Clerk Ndlovu | 14 February 2016 | 1769 Views

Team Lacosta urges Mnangagwa to quit Zanu PF - Vice President Emmerson...

by Staff Reporter | 14 February 2016 | 8620 Views

Sfiso Ncwane and Rebecca Malope's conman arrested

by Staff Reporter | 14 February 2016 | 2599 Views

WATCH: The goal that sunk Mamelodi Sundowns in Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe lea...

by Staff Reporter | 14 February 2016 | 2944 Views

Grace Mugabe mauls Mnangagwa - HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnanga...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 3294 Views

Jonathan Moyo defends former rival Obert Mpofu on Matebele presidentia...

by Thobekile Zhou | 14 February 2016 | 2713 Views

Zanu-PF factionalism and the war inside Mugabe - Something big that we...

by Dinizulu Mbikokayise Macaphulana | 14 February 2016 | 1560 Views

Woman jumps from moving vehicle gutted by fire - A WOMEN is in a criti...

by Staff Reporter | 14 February 2016 | 1272 Views

Jonathan Moyo turns the tables against Mutsvangwa - After First Lady G...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 1986 Views

Mujuru taunts Mnangagwa - FORMER vice-president Joice Mujuru believes ...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 1775 Views

Obert Mpofu supports what was said by Grace Mugabe - Zanu-PF National ...

by Tinomuda Chakanyuka and Lungile Tshuma | 14 February 2016 | 781 Views

Dogs chew owner's manhood - A DOG is a man's best friend, so goes the ...

by Tatenda Gapare | 14 February 2016 | 1466 Views

Hlalo scoffs at 'expulsion' from MDC-T, refuses to go - SENATOR Matson...

by Dumisani Sibanda | 14 February 2016 | 628 Views

Man rapes sister, jailed for 16 years - A 24-YEAR-OLD man from Gokwe h...

by Munyaradzi Musiiwa | 14 February 2016 | 660 Views

Zimbabwe to launch Sadc TV - ZIMBABWE will soon introduce a television...

by Walter Mswazie | 14 February 2016 | 652 Views

Man pushes wife into barbed wire - A 35-YEAR-OLD Plumtree man will spe...

by Sukulwenkosi Dube | 14 February 2016 | 622 Views

Thieves pounce on MSU students' cars - MIDLANDS State University stude...

by Munyaradzi Musiiwa | 14 February 2016 | 617 Views

The long trial of Joshua Nkomo - Even as he rests in peace, Joshua Mqa...

by Cetshwayo Zindabazezwe Mabhena | 14 February 2016 | 769 Views

US use of IMF to fight Zimbabwe old wine in new skins - THE attempt by...

by Dumisani Sibanda | 14 February 2016 | 402 Views

Mugabe practically in ICU and totally unfit to run a country - Grace Mugabe

by Thobekile Zhou | 14 February 2016 | 3732 Views

Chicken Inn makes mockery of pre-match odds, embarrasses Mamelodi Sund...

by Sports reporter | 14 February 2016 | 1137 Views

Chiadzwa diamonds lose their glitter - Diamond production in Chiadzwa ...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 415 Views

War vets cross paths over Mutsvangwa expulsions

by Dumisani Sibanda and Kuda Bwititi | 14 February 2016 | 1096 Views

Prophet Angel's grand celebration - REPORTS that charismatic Spirit Em...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 536 Views

MDC-T member now using Baba Jukwa Facebook profile photo

by Stephen Jakes | 14 February 2016 | 851 Views

Chimbetu turns to gold panning - HAVING failed to strike a rich vein i...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 802 Views

15 Zimbabweans benefit from Iran scholarship programme - FIFTEEN stude...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 383 Views

Entertainment

Rebecca Malope opens up about miscarriage

by Staff Reporter | 14 February 2016 | 2457 Views

NoBuntu on Inganekwane video production

by Thobekile Zhou | 14 February 2016 | 1393 Views

Fraud accused Winky D bags two Nama's - The 2016 NAMA Awards were held...

by Thobekile Zhou | 14 February 2016 | 1716 Views

Majaivana relocates to Harare - One of Zimbabwe's greatest musicians L...

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2016 | 2424 Views

Winky D arrested for £16K fraud

by Staff Reporter | 14 February 2016 | 2240 Views

Ringo to perform at uMlazi Durban on Valentines day

by Staff Reporter | 12 February 2016 | 890 Views
iBlog

Five Reliable Outlook Pst File Repair Tools

Outlook pst files can become corrupted -- and when that happens, work grinds to a halt. if your organization relies on outlook, one of these tools could save the day. outlook is the industry standard groupware tool. let's take a look at five that can... Read More
ITnews 04 May 2015 ago

Tb Joshua Worst Enemy Angelique Tonge Exposed

About two years ago, we came out emphatically about those behind the t.b joshua watch. many were those who thought we were framing innocent people up or on a witch hunt. some events have vindicated us and the cat is out of the bag. it is said that no... Read More
pointblank 01 May 2015 ago