Pistorius Bail Hearing Set For 3rd day

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On 21 February 2013 saa 12:17
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In South Africa, the bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee Olympian charged with shooting dead his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, is entering its third day.

A decision on whether to grant bail to Pistorius be could be made by the court on Thursday after final arguments are presented.

The prosecution’s case against Oscar Pistorius began to unravel on Wednesday with revelations of a series of police blunders and the lead investigator’s admission that authorities have no evidence challenging Pistorius’ claim he killed his girlfriend accidentally.

Detective Hilton Botha’s often confused testimony left prosecutors rubbing their heads in frustration as he misjudged distances and said testosterone, banned for professional athletes in some cases, was found at the scene, only to be later contradicted by the prosecutor’s office.

The second day of what was supposed to be a mere bail hearing almost resembled a full-blown trial for the 26-year-old runner, with his lawyer, Barry Roux, tearing into Botha’s testimony step by step during cross examination.

Police, Botha acknowledged, left a 9 mm slug from the barrage that killed Steenkamp inside a toilet and lost track of illegal ammunition found inside the house.

And the detective himself walked through the crime scene without wearing protective shoe covers, potentially contaminating the area.

Authorities, Roux asserted, were selectively taking "every piece of evidence to try to extract the most possibly negative connotation and present it to the court."