Oscar Pistorius explains emotional breakdown

2014-04-14 12:59

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Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has refused to accept blame for Oscar Pistorius' emotional breakdowns.

"His emotions cannot be blamed on me," Nel told the court today.

This was after Pistorius's counsel Barry Roux, SC, said repetition of certain aspects caused Pistorius to be emotional, causing the proceedings to be adjourned.

Proceedings had already been adjourned twice today as Pistorius broke down during cross-examination.

Presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa said she would have noted if Nel had been repeating questions.

Roux also complained that Nel had accused Pistorius of leaving out crucial evidence about a door he heard slamming.

"In the recording, he did explain the slamming of the door," said Roux.

Earlier, Pistorius explained why he became emotional when he recalled what he had shouted at “intruders” in his Pretoria home.

He told the court that this had happened because he was traumatised.

After a tea break, Nel summed up what Pistorius had told the court 30 minutes earlier, saying that Pistorius had become emotional after recounting how he had shouted at Reeva Steenkamp.

Court had to be adjourned for Pistorius to compose himself.

Nel, who was cross-examining him, asked him why.

“Isn’t it because that’s exactly what you shouted at Reeva, with respect to the court,‘get the f*** out of my house’?”

Pistorius replied: “I was traumatised by the events. By repeating the words, it reminds me of that night.”

Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on February 14 2013.

According to Pistorius, he had first whispered at Steenkamp to call the police, and moments later shouted at her.

Nel asked why he would raise his voice when nothing had happened in the interim.

“When I shouted, I was hoping the burglars would be scared,” Pistorius replied.

He shot her through the locked door of his toilet, saying later he thought she was an intruder who was about to emerge and attack him.

The state alleges that he shot Steenkamp during an argument.

He is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act, one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30 2012, he allegedly fired his 9mm pistol through the open sunroof of a car while driving with friends in Modderfontein, Gauteng.

He has denied all the charges.

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