Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius showed his pistol prowess by blowing apart a watermelon with a single shot sometime before he gunned down his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, according to video taken at a shooting range.
“It’s a lot softer than brain but ... it’s like a zombie stopper,” said a man whose voice “sounds very much” like Pistorius, according to Sky News.
The revelation of the video showing Pistorius blasting a shotgun and handgun at the firing range comes as his murder trial is slated to begin Monday in the Valentine’s Day 2013 death of Steenkamp. In the Sky News video, Pistorius — wearing sunglasses and gun range noise-muffling headphones — fired a shotgun four times. The double-amputee track star then pointed a silver handgun at the watermelon. He gripped the silver gun with two hands and squeezed off one shot that blew the melon to bits.
Gleeful shouts and laughter are heard from unidentified people in the background.South African rugby star Francois Hougaard is seen in the video with Pistorius. Hougaard and Steenkamp dated before she became romantically involved with Pistorius. Steenkamp and Hougaard exchanged text messages on Valentine’s Day — the day she was killed. Hougaard, 25, is expected to testify against Pistorius at the upcoming trial.
Sky News did not say when or where the video was taken.
“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius is romancing a teenage college student while awaiting trial for the Valentine’s Day slaying of his model ex-girlfriend. But the double-amputee sprinter reportedly wears a disguise to avoid detection when he goes out with Leah Skye Malan, a 19-year-old who is studying to be a paramedic. Despite his cloak-and-dagger efforts, “it was hard not to spot him,” a source told the London Sun.
Pistorius, 27, met Malan in December in Mozambique, where the teen was vacationing with her parents and younger brother, according to the Sun. “They both seem really into each other. She’s helped support him through this difficult time and has introduced him to all her family,” a source said. “They have embraced him.” Malan is believed to be the first woman Pistorius has dated since his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was found dead in his upscale pad in a gated community in South Africa on Valentine’s Day 2013.
South Africa's lead detective in the Oscar Pistorius murder investigation has flown to Apple's headquarters in California in a last-minute bid to access his deleted phone messages, according to a report. The transcontinental visit ahead of next week's trial follows months of struggle by the South African Police Service to gain access to the double-amputee's iPhone 5, the Telegraph reported.
The phone was recovered lying outside the bathroom where Pistorius' model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was found brutally shot to death on Valentine's Day last year. When questioned by authorities, Pistorius, an Olympic track star, claimed to have forgotten his Apple ID code used to log into the device. The phone was one of four cell phones found in Pistorius' high-security estate on the morning' of her death, the Daily News previously reported.
None of the devices had made any calls on the morning of the shooting, Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha testified in court that month. Pistorius, in a statement, claimed to have made a number of calls shortly after Steenkamp was shot, including one to a private ambulance service. South African authorities last month complained that the FBI was dragging its feet in collecting potentially incriminating evidence from the device. Details on what they expect they'll find were not stated.
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The judge in the case has ruled in favor of the trial being broadcast live, despite objections from Reeva's family. Trial starts Monday.