Cops Tell Steenkamp Family: He Beat Her Skull

And friend says she 'felt caged in'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2013 3:00 PM CST
Cops Tell Steenkamp Family: He Beat Her Skull
Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius , in court Friday Feb. 22, 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa, for his bail hearing charged with the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.   (AP Photo)

Police have told Reeva Steenkamp's family that Oscar Pistorius bashed in her skull with a cricket bat before fatally shooting her, the Daily Mail reports. Police withheld that information at Pistorius' bail hearing last week, preferring to conceal their case, but did brief the South African model's family on details of her post-mortem examination. Family members also saw her head wounds before her cremation on Tuesday, according to the Mail. Pistorius says he used the bat to break down his bathroom door after shooting Steenkamp by mistake.

What's more, the angry father of Steenkamp's best friend has emerged to describe how Pistorius treated her during courtship, the Telegraph reports. "He kept pestering her, phoning and phoning and phoning her. Oscar was hasty and impatient and very moody—that's my impression of him," said Cecil Myers, who once lived with Steenkamp in Johannesburg. Myers added that he talked to Pistorius about his behavior because she felt "felt caged in." Told to back off, Pistorius "agreed," said Myers, "but his face showed me what he was thinking: 'Oh, this guy is talking nonsense.'" (More Oscar Pistorius stories.)

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