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Oscar: What did he hear?

12 May 2014, 15:02

The case seemed to be drawing to a conclusion, but there is an important question that has not been answered or explored properly to date. Oscar claimed that what triggered him to start shooting was a noise from the toilet that sounded like “wood moving on the floor”. He testified that he thought the perceived intruder was opening the toilet door and coming out. He then panicked and started shooting. According to his testimony the toilet door did not fit properly in its frame and when the door is opened it made a sound of wood moving. It is not contested that the toilet door in fact did not open at that stage and it is acknowledged by Oscar and his defence team.  Because of this Oscar, during his testimony, then said the only noise (wood moving) could have been the magazine rack. This rack was standing against the back wall of the toilet cubicle.

The problem with this is that all of Saayman (for the state), Dixon and Wolmarans (for the defence) testified that there were wooden splinters present on the hip and chest area of the deceased. Dixon and Wolmarans concluded that she must have been standing close to toilet door when the first shots were fired which hit her in the hip and arm. Wolmarans estimated this distance to be between 6 and 20 cm. This is in line with the calculations that I published about two weeks ago on this site. The calculations showed that if shot A hit here in the hip, as both the defence and state testified, her distance behind the door was about 4.5 to 13cm depending on which height the hip wound was. Prof Saayman testified that the height of the hip wound was at 92 cm and Captain Mangena testified a height of 93 cm.

The defence consistently claimed that Reeva fell with her back on the rack which was standing against the back wall to the left of the toilet bowl, about 100cm or more from the toilet door. Some of the blood patterns on the floor support their claims that it was in fact in that position. Oscar testified that the rack was not in the position that his defence has shown, but even the position he indicated was against the back wall of the toilet cubicle, thus far away from the door.

Reeva was close to the door when shot, far away from the magazine rack, so she did not move it and also, she did not open door. The question then remains, what did he hear?

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