Steenkamp was shot in the head over her right ear and in her right elbow and hip, breaking her arm and hip, Botha said. However, Roux later asked Botha if Steenkamp’s body showed ‘‘any pattern of defensive wounds.’’ The detective said no.
Botha also said the shots were fired from 1.5 meters (five feet), and that police found three spent cartridges in the bathroom and one in the hallway connecting the bathroom to the bedroom. However, later on cross-examination by the defense, Botha said he wasn’t a forensics expert and couldn’t answer some questions.
Police also found two iPhones in the bathroom and two BlackBerrys in the bedroom, Botha said, adding that none had been used to phone for help. Roux later suggested that a fifth phone, not collected by the police, was used by Pistorius to make calls for a hospital and help. After the hearing, Roux told journalists that Pistorius’ defense team had the phone, but did not elaborate.
Guards at the gated community where Pistorius lives did call the athlete, Botha said. The detective said that all the athlete said was: ‘‘I'm all right.’’
He didn’t hang up, Botha said, and the guards heard him uncontrollably weep.
‘‘Was it part of his premeditated plan, not to switch off the phone and cry?’’ Roux asked sarcastically.
Gerald Imray reported from Johannesburg. Associated Press writer Michelle Faul in Johannesburg contributed to this report.
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