Oscar Pistorius retches as pathologist testifies on Reeva’s injuries

2014-03-10 13:43

Oscar Pistorius retched loudly in the dock as the cold details of tissue damage, bone fragments and lesions on Reeva Steenkamp’s body were explained to the high court in Pretoria today. “Mr Roux, can you just attend to your client – I am not sure what’s happening there,” said Judge Thokozile Masipa. Pistorius had already been granted a short adjournment when he broke down as pathologist Professor Gert Saayman started going through the two-and-a half page pathology report. Saayman had successfully asked that his evidence not be broadcast live for the dignity of Steenkamp’s family, or in case vulnerable people or children may hear or see it. He did not object to filtered or paraphrased reports such as those in the print media.

Masipa ordered that there be no live feed, Twitter, or blogging. The media’s lawyer said editors would agree on a package to use later.

Steenkamp was shot in the toilet cubicle in a bathroom at Pistorius’ home in Pretoria. He said he later broke the door down with a cricket bat to free her.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and to charges of contravening the Firearms Act.

He contends that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her, and has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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