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According to data from Twitter Counter, Bateman went from 17 429 followers on 15 February to 122 743 on 21 February — a 604% increase that amounts to an extra 105 314 followers in just under a week.
Today, it emerged Pistorius crushed his girlfriend’s skull with a cricket bat before shooting her dead, police have told her family.
Details of the post-mortem examination of South African model Steenkamp were withheld from last week’s bail application hearing.
But grieving relatives who saw her body before Tuesday’s cremation in Port Elizabeth described horrific injuries from the cricket bat, and entry wounds from 9mm bullets fired by Pistorius.
They were also briefed about the model’s death by police and lawyers from the state prosecutor’s office.
The ‘Blade Runner’ – who has previously boasted about having a cricket bat, pistol and machine gun at home to defend himself against intruders – claims the bat became blood-spattered at the scene.
Last week the prosecution did not mention any details about the bat and the role they believe it played in Reeva’s death, opting not to disclose their case against Pistorius. But to secure bail, Pistorius’s legal team had to detail his defence, which included why he had a blood-spattered cricket bat in his possession on the fatal night.
It has also emerged that the athlete sported a mysterious black eye in a video filmed a month ago for a charity campaign.
The Paralympian lent his support to a South African campaign for gay and lesbian youth. But charity bosses were surprised when he turned up for filming with a black eye.
In the video message recorded to raise awareness for the It Gets Better campaign in South Africa, Oscar instructed young people who were being bullied about their sexuality to 'not retaliate'.
An It Gets Better charity source told the Sunday Mirror: 'Oscar turned up on the day of filming with a very angry looking black eye.
'Oscar was keen for the filming to still go ahead and didn’t seem to mind too much. Although eyebrows were raised, Oscar wasn’t forthcoming on how he managed to get the injury.'
The brother of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius is facing charges over the death of a woman in a car crash in 2010, it was reported today.
Carl Pistorius, who was present in court over the past week to support Oscar, is charged with culpable homicide over the alleged accidental death of a female motorcyclist.
Carl was initially accused of reckless or negligent driving, but the matter was later provisionally withdrawn. However, the charges were reinstated after the victim's family said they believed it was more than an accident, Eye Witness News reported.
Originally posted by magma
If indeed he used a cricket bat in that way, I find it difficult to believe they let him out on bail.
Originally I believed you used the bat.
So something is not right here.
Originally posted by namine
reply to post by eletheia
I'd presume most of South Africa held him up in very high regards, but treating his family like royalty is probably pushing it. Wonder if anyone can confirm that. Had their own booth? Weren't they sitting right behind him during the proceedings? There were instances mentioned when his father or brother would pat him on the back for support. Heard nothing about this plaque either.
What show was this discussion happening on? Any chance you could link a video or any more info regarding it?
As for the Pistorius family being anything like the Kennedys... I doubt it. What similarities do you see?
But it is not only the post-mortem that Perumal relied on as he also assessed the crime scene. In fact, it was he who, through seeing a particular mark on the toilet wall, realised that a bullet cartridge was in the toilet and suggested it be retrieved.
Barry Bateman @barrybateman
A projectile, not a cartridge, was found in the toilet bowl.