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'Bloodied cricket bat found' at home of Oscar Pistorius

Reeva Steenhamp, who died after being shot at the home of her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius Photo: Press Association

Police in South Africa are reportedly investigating the discovery of a bloodied cricket bat in the home of Oscar Pistorius, according to media reports in South Africa.

South Africa's City Press said police are investigating a number of scenarios involving the bat, one of which being that Oscar Pistorius used it as a weapon to viciously beat his former girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

City Press said they spoke to three sources close to the investigation, who all ruled out the possibility that Pistorius could have mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder. Pistorius denies the murder charge against him.

Reeva Steenkamp's father has spoken publicly for the first time since the death of his daughter to pay tribute to her, and said he had "no hatred in his heart" towards the Olympic hero charged with her murder. He told the Mail on Sunday:

This is a very difficult time for us. June is inconsolable. We just need to find some answers. We ask the Lord every day to help us find a reason why this should happen to Reeva. She was the most beautiful, kind girl in the world. She had love for everyone, and she was loved by everyone who knew her.

The father of Oscar Pistorius said the family had "zero doubt" his son shot Reeva on the mistaken belief she was an intruder. Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph he said:

When you are a sportsman, you act even more on instinct. It's instinct, things happen and that's what you do.

Meanwhile a friend of the athlete said he received a phone call shortly after the shooting, during which the Olympic champion kept repeating "My baba, I've killed my baba. God take me away", according to the Sunday People.

Pistorius' agent visited him today in custody in Pretoria. He confirmed he has cancelled all future races the star has been contracted to appear in, and thanked fans for their numerous supportive messages.

He added that all of Pistorius' sponsorship deals remain intact.

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