Forensic expert back for Pistorius trial

By Drum Digital
13 March 2014

Day nine of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court will see forensic expert Colonel Johannes Vermeulen back in the witness stand.

On Wednesday, he disputed Pistorius's claim that he was wearing his prosthetic legs when he broke down a locked door to reach his dying girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Vermeulen told the court that the disabled athlete was on his stumps both when he shot at the door and when he battered it down with a cricket bat.

At prosecutor Gerrie Nel's request, Vermeulen demonstrated the angle at which he had to swing the bat to strike the door where it left a dent made on the night of the shooting.

The mark was 1.53 metres from the bottom of the door of the toilet cubicle in Pistorius's home in which Steenkamp was shot dead.

Vermeulen was the first policeman to take the stand since Pistorius went on trial last week.

The Paralympian pleaded not guilty to the charge of Steenkamp’s premeditated murder.

Vermeulen’s testimony appeared to take Pistorius's defence by surprise, and advocate Barry Roux complained that he felt "ambushed".

- SAPA

- Picture: SAPA

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