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Bloodied cricket bat found at Pistorius home: Report

Published on Feb 17, 2013 7:54 PM
South Africa's Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius (right) hides his face in his hands in the court room during his hearing on charge of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day on Feb 15, 2013, at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria. South African police have found a bloodied cricket bat at Pistorius' home, a local newspaper reported on Sunday -- PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South African police have found a bloodied cricket bat at the home of Oscar Pistorius, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, following the Valentine's Day killing of his model girlfriend.

The star Olympian and Paralympian athlete was charged on Friday with the murder of 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp who was shot dead at his luxury Pretoria home in a case that has gripped the world.

His father said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that there was "zero doubt" his son had mistaken his blonde covergirl girlfriend for an intruder, a suggestion the South African police have dismissed.

Pistorius's family has described the 26-year-old as "numb with shock as well as grief" over the death of Steenkamp, and rejected the murder allegations.

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