"Oscar a flight risk" investigating officer

11:08 (GMT+2) Wed, 20 Feb 2013



 Police investigator, warrant officer Hilton Botha, is on the stand at the bail hearing of paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Botha, who is opposing Pistorius' bail application on behalf of the police, says he is a serious flight risk.

He told magistrate Desmond Nair that the "blade runner" has a house in Italy as well as off-shore accounts which were not mentioned in his affidavit.

Botha also confirmed to the court that model Reeva Steenkamp had been shot three times while in the bathroom of Pistorius' luxury Pretoria home.

He revealed that she had been wounded in the ear, the elbow and hip.

Botha says a fourth cartridge was found in the passage leading to the bathroom.

He also said that two I-phones were found in the bathroom under a mat and that neither of these had been used to call police or paramedics.

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius knew that he was firing at his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp the night she was killed in his house.

That's according to police investigator, Hilton Botha, in response to questions from state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel.

Giving evidence opposing Pistorius's bail application, Botha said he believed that Pistorius knew that she was in the bathroom when he fired four shots into the bathroom killing her.

In an affidavit to court onTuesday, Pistorius said he believed he had been firing at an intruder.

Earlier the court hear that police had found boxes of testosterone and hypodermic needles in the home of the paralympian.

The court also heard that he will face an additional charge of being in posession of illegal ammunition.

Meanwhile: The Department of Correctional Services says prisoners with disabilities are treated with dignity and enjoy the same rights as able-bodied inmates.

Department spokesperson, Koos Gerber, says no prisoner's human rights are taken away from them.

He says Correctional Services is a responsible organisation and takes care of inmates in an appropriate manner.

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