Seven strange and shocking facts about Oscar Pistorius murder trial

It has been six yeas since the shocking trial of Oscar Pistorius, the world famous Paralympic athlete jailed for murdering his girlfriend.

Reeva Steenkamp, a model and a graduate, was only 29 when she was gunned down and killed by her then boyfriend Pistorius, in a blood Valentine Day slaughter in 2013.

Pistorius is back in the headlines after the BBC previewed a documentary into the brutal killing.

Dubbed the Blade Runner, the athlete was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, with no fibulas – the smaller of the two lower leg bones.

Both his legs were amputated below the knee when he was just 11 months old and only six months later, he was given his first prosthetics.

After a successful career as a Paralympian, he fought authorities to become the first disabled runner to compete at the Olympic games in London 2012.

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But only months later the disgraced killer gunned down his girlfriend Reeve at their Pretoria home.

She had been shot four times through the closed door of the toilet – with the runner claiming he mistook her for an intruder.

In November, 2017, Pistorius had his murder sentence doubled to 15 years, minus time served, meaning he may not be released until 2030.

His trial was full of strange revelations, as first documented by the Mirror.

Steenkamp and Pistorius 'never had sex'

Despite quickly becoming an item after his successful summer at the Olympic and Paralympic games, Pistorius and Steenkamp never had sex.

June Steenkamp, her mum, claimed the pair never took their relationship to an intimate level has her daughter was "scared".

June, who never met her child's partner during their three-month relationship, says the couple spent two nights together, but never had sexual relations.

“She wouldn’t want to sleep with Oscar if she wasn’t sure,” she told the Sunday Times.

“I believe their relationship was coming to an end. In her heart of hearts, she didn’t think it was making either of them happy.”

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A missing watch

Police seem to have been blundered their way through the investigation – snapping pictures of the runner’s medals over bullets.

One weird development that a valuable watch disappeared from the crime scene.

Colonel Schoombie Van Rensburg told court everyone in the house, including police officers, were subjected to a body search and their cars were also swept, but the watch still vanished.

Police witnesses admitted the door through which Pistorius shot Steenkamp was removed from the scene almost immediately because of concerns about corrupt officers selling pictures to the media.

Van Rensburg, who had three decades of police experience, later resigned from the force because of his handling of the door.

Oscar Pistorius had payed the family of Reeva Steenkamp "blood money"

Both Reeva’s parents were in their 60s and admitted they were left financial ruin by her death.

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Their daughter had been supporting them but, when she was killed, they were left with very little.

But in court, it was revealed that the runner had been paying ‘monthly payments’ to her family.

He had also coughed up £20k in a one off payment after he flogged a car.

Her family said they did not want his ‘blood money’ and that they would give it all back.

Detective’s interesting past

The lead detective of this case had been charged with seven attempted murders himself.

During the trial, it was revealed Detective Hilton Botha was facing indictments.

In 2011, it is alleged he and two other officers shot at a minivan while chasing down a murder suspect – in what news reports in South Africa refer to as a 'drunken' incident.

The charges were dropped, but were reinstated 10 days before Steenkamp's death.

Botha's past was deemed "completely unrelated" to the trial – but defence lawyer Barry Roux begged to differ.

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Roughly a week after the shooting, he was replaced as lead detective and Lt. Gen. Vinesh Moonoo took over the investigation.

Pistorius’ gun history

Pistorius had a love for weapons and was filmed firing bullets at a watermelon and smashing it to pieces.

In one clip, he could be heard shouting: “It's a lot softer than brain, but **** it's like a zombie stopper".

And during the trial, a pal claimed the athlete had accidentally let a gun off at a restaurant and begged him to take the blame.

A former girlfriend also told the court that he had shot a gun out a car’s sunroof, and used to carry a firearm routinely.

Internet during forensics

Pistorius’ forensic expert, Roger Dixon, admitted he used the internet as his research – and even hired a music producer to mix recordings of gunshots being fired.

The bizarre technic was highlighted during a bruising cross-examination where the expert also revealed that he had only ever witnessed three autopsies.

He also buckled and said he had not fully read a report into the post-mortem.

Dixon later conceded he was a “layman” on matters of pathology.

Gerrie Nel was a founding member of an elite crime fighting and prosecution force called The Scorpions

And finally, the prosecutor in the case had a bizarre nickname of The Bulldog and was a member of an elite crime fighting group.

He served as head of The Directorate of Special Operations, an official crime fighting agency founded in 2001 to investigate organised crime and corruption, better known by their other name – The Scorpions.

The group investigated international drug trafficking, human smuggling and fraud and corruption within government.

The image of Nel cross-examining Pistorius with the words: "Say it. Say 'Yes, I shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp'" is one that will live long in the memory.

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