Pistorius tested for steroids after drugs found at his home

Feb 18, 2013

Investigators also probing Reeva Steenkamp's close 'friendship' with rugby player Francois Hougaard

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OSCAR PISTORIUS will be tested for steroids after South African police confirmed they had found an unknown quantity of the banned substance at the Pretoria house where he allegedly killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. It is one of several new developments in the case:

Late-night text: It has been suggested that Steenkamp received a "late-night" text message from the South African rugby player Francois Hougaard in the hours before her death. Steenkamp had a "close friendship" with the Springbok whom she used to date, The Sun says. Investigators want to know if the text may have "sparked the rows" that were heard by Pistorius's neighbours before she died. Hougaard, 24, "pulled out" of playing for his rugby union side the Vodacom Bulls on Friday as "speculation grew about his relationship with the slain model".

'Roid rage' theory: The discovery of steroids at Pistorius's house has lead to speculation that the 26-year-old may have experienced 'roid rage' – the extreme aggression associated with taking large quantities of the drug. The South African newspaper City Press reports that police are insisting the sprinter's blood will be tested for "any foreign substances", not just steroids. Police also found evidence of "heavy drinking" at the Paralympian's home.

Reeva 'was a fighter': Steenkamp's brother has told The Times that his sister was a "fighter" who had to overcome the effects of a teenage riding accident that left her family wondering if she would ever walk again. Adam Steenkamp revealed that the 30-year-old law graduate and model had overcome early adversity - just like Pistorius - when she broke her back in a teenage riding accident. Steenkamp was "nearly paralysed" in the accident and took two years to fully recover. "It just made her more determined to succeed," said Adam.

Bloodstained cricket bat: As we reported earlier today, police have discovered a bloodstained cricket bat at the scene of the killing. With the South African press reporting that Steenkamp suffered a fractured skull as well as gunshot wounds, the cricket bat is now said to be "central" to the prosecution's case.

Bail hearing: Pistorius will return to court on Tuesday for his bail hearing. It could may run into Wednesday, The Independent reports, as his lawyers "attempt to keep him out of jail" and magistrates grapple with overwhelming interest from the media.

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