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Pistorius: Crime of passion not ruled out

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The State will attempt to prove that Oscar Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp on the spur of the moment, and the possibility of a “crime of passion” has not been ruled out.A source made this revelation to Volksblad based on forensic evidence that was gathered at the crime scene.

In legal terms, a crime of passion is a defendant's excuse for a violent crime due to sudden rage or heartbreak, rather than a premeditated crime.

The source also revealed that the trajectory of the bullets through the bathroom door indicated that Pistorius may indeed have been on his stumps when he fired the shots.

The source indicated he didn’t think it was right of the State to claim in the bail application that Pistorius was wearing his prosthetics before having analysed the evidence.

Police have apparently not ruled out the possibility that Steenkamp's death was not an accident.

Shots

It would also appear that the first shot that hit her was to the lower body. If the first shot fired from the 9mm pistol had been to her head, she would immediately have fallen forward, according to the source.

Steenkamp apparently had several wounds.

The key to the bathroom was apparently in the door and it was thought that she had locked the door.

The source also said the publication of photographs of the scene of the shooting would in no way hamper the case. "It's not a secret. Everyone knows she was shot in the bathroom. There was lots of blood, most of it around the toilet."

Pistorius will appear in court again on 19 August 2013.

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