Bullet fragments remained in Reeva Steenkamp’s body

2014-03-11 09:15

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Reeva Steenkamp was buried with parts of the bullets fired by Oscar Pistorius still in her body.

Professor Gert Saayman, the forensic pathologist who yesterday began testifying on the postmortem on Steenkamp’s body, said it was “impossible” to recover all the fragments of the bullets that had hit her.

Saayman yesterday testified the type of “ranger” or “Black Talon” hollow-point ammunition used was designed to inflict maximum damage on its victim.

Saayman said the bullet that had hit Steenkamp in the thigh had fragmented to such an extent that all the fragments could not be recovered.

He said this was consistent with an unstable bullet that had travelled through an intermediary object, such as a door.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel will today conclude Saayman’s evidence in chief. Defence Advocate Barry Roux will then begin his cross-examination.

It remains to be seen how much Roux will make of evidence that appears to fundamentally contradict Pistorius’ version of what happened on the night Steenkamp was killed.

Saayman testified that although it was an “inexact science”, which was dependent on may variables, he estimated Steenkamp had eaten within two hours before her death.

This appears to fly in the face of what Pistorius had stated in an affidavit in his bail application.

He said then that by “about 10pm on 13 February 2013, we were in our bedroom”.

But if what Saayman said is true, Steenkamp would have eaten her last meal at around 1am, three hours after Pistorius had claimed they were in their bedroom getting ready for bed.

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