Report: 'Bloodied cricket bat' found at Pistorius' home

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.

Pistorius and his family 'strongly refute' the murder charge against him.

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.

A police spokeswoman told the Guardian they could not explain how the claims had emerged, but did not deny them.

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Pistorius is 'humbled and broken'

A preacher who prayed with Oscar Pistorius yesterday in a police cell has told ITV News he "saw a very humbled and broken young man." The Paralympian is in court tomorrow charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He denies the charge.