Breaking News

Oscar Pistorius 'had a bad temper'

by Staff Reporter
16 February 2013 | 6635 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

Is Tsvangirai's BIG TENT leaking?

Yes
20%
No
33.33%
Not bothered
46.67%
75

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

Bulawayo24 News Whatsapp number changes

by Staff Reporter | 20 September 2014 | 202 Views

Head to Head ZAPU vs ZANU devolution of power - The new constitutional...

by Themba Mthethwa | 19 September 2014 | 400 Views

Tendai Biti proposes solutions to Zimbabwe's economic crisis - Former ...

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 1115 Views

Mugabe celebrates killing whites - President Robert Mugabe says there ...

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 1150 Views

Chiwenga amassed wealth is undeserved and explains his blind loyalty t...

by Wilbert Mukori | 19 September 2014 | 1748 Views

The SCOAN calamity, the Church in Nigeria - THE Synagogue Church Of Al...

by Clement Udegbe | 19 September 2014 | 1345 Views

Red invokes Gukurahundi says MDC Renewal Team - MDC Renewal Team front...

by Hangoyapalala waTjibundule | 19 September 2014 | 1537 Views

Zimbabwe border posts set for refurbishment - Zimbabwe's exporting com...

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 1464 Views

Prophet T.B. Joshua speaks on church building collapse - Video - State...

by TB Joshua | 19 September 2014 | 1937 Views

Mugabe mocks CAPS United - President Robert Mugabe has jokingly remark...

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 2816 Views

Shut up, says Zanu-PF - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF has blocked ...

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 1911 Views

Provide renewal leadership, solutions not confrontation - Zimbabwe Une...

by The presidium | 19 September 2014 | 1600 Views

MDC Renewal team - Bulawayo meeting - Live update - 16:30 Dr. Gord...

by Moyo Roy | 19 September 2014 | 3231 Views

Declare Bulawayo an economic zone

by Byo24 Editorial | 19 September 2014 | 1837 Views

Grace Mugabe's PhD must be investigated - BRUISED but determined to cl...

by Candid Comment with Godwell Gwavava | 19 September 2014 | 4928 Views

Zanu-PF will abandon chiefs after Mugabe - Only President Robert Mugab...

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 2885 Views

Pro - Mnangagwa movement raided - The recently launched pro-Emmerson M...

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 3687 Views

Bosso cashiers 'loot' gate takings - HIGHLANDERS and How Mine treasure...

by Sikhumbuzo Moyo | 19 September 2014 | 2325 Views

Tactics employed to overthrow democratically elected Governments - An ...

by Stewart Murewa | 19 September 2014 | 1775 Views

Siblings drugged, raped - A MAN from Mayobodo area in Plumtree plied t...

by Thandeka Moyo | 19 September 2014 | 2887 Views

Taxi driver in court for cop kidnapping - A TAXI driver appeared in co...

by Thandeka Moyo | 19 September 2014 | 1371 Views

Devolution in Zimbabwe and the Scottish lesson - All eyes were on Thur...

by Nick Mangwaba and Bernard Bwoni | 19 September 2014 | 1423 Views

Zimbabwe Special Permit: the facts - The following is the PDF by VFS ...

by Velempini Ndlovu | 19 September 2014 | 4608 Views

Prophet Magaya adultery scandal, Mutashu speaks out

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 3247 Views

Duty collection not for police, says Zimra - The Zimbabwe Revenue Aut...

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 2006 Views

General Chiwengas' vast wealth exposed

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 4843 Views

Health minister allays fears foreskins could be sold - Men are embroil...

by Staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 1153 Views

CBZ Life suspends insurance cover for MPs cars - CBZ Life has suspende...

by staff reporter | 19 September 2014 | 876 Views

Entertainment

Zuma daughter's new soapie to replace Generations - JOHANNESBURG - Sow...

by Staff reporter | 17 September 2014 | 4405 Views

Afrika Revenge reunites - Award winning duo of Willis "Afrika" Kachamb...

by Sophia Chese | 16 September 2014 | 2112 Views

Usandikanganwe - Lady Bee ft Manhanga

by Staff Reporter | 15 September 2014 | 2871 Views

Generations actors agree to go back to work - The 16 Generations stars...

by City Press | 14 September 2014 | 4673 Views

Bulawayo born singer wows X Factor Judges

by Staff Reporter | 13 September 2014 | 3688 Views

Byo singer wins 80K recording deal, duped by sponsors

by Hangoyapalala waTjibundule | 12 September 2014 | 3758 Views

Axed Generations actor's marriage crumbles - Menzi Ngubane better know...

by Times LIVE | 12 September 2014 | 7284 Views

'Nollyhood' comes to Byo

by Hangoyapalala waTjibundule | 11 September 2014 | 2979 Views
iBlog

Obviously, Windows Xp Has Nothing More To Offer

With no support from the manufacturer, windows xp no longer receives antivirus updates, which provoked an increase in the number of attacks on xp users. according to avast company, windows xp systems are attacked 6 times more often than the devices r... Read More
Sergey 12 June 2014 ago

Positions To Make Female Orgasm Easier During Intercourse

some women are fortunate enough to be able to climax easily, and in almost any sexual position. the majority of women though, sometimes find it difficult to orgasm especially when they are with a partner. sometimes this difficulty is just a result ... Read More
adoniadennis 12 May 2014 ago