Cross examination of Oscar's sports prof continues

2014-07-07 06:13
Advocate Gerrie Nel. (Themba Hadebe, AFP)

Advocate Gerrie Nel. (Themba Hadebe, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Cross-examination of a sports and exercise medicine professor who treated murder accused Oscar Pistorius is expected to continue in the paralympian's trial in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday.

On Thursday, prosecutor Gerrie Nel accused University of Cape Town professor Wayne Derman of bias and adapting his facts to fit what happened in the early morning of 14 February 2013, when Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home.

Pistorius faces a murder charge. He claims he shot Steenkamp by accident through the locked door of his toilet in his home, thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him.

The State argues he killed her during an argument.

On Saturday, Pistorius's lawyers said they were taking legal action against an Australian media house that broadcast footage of him re-enacting the night he shot Steenkamp.

The trailer for the Australian current affairs programme "Sunday Night" shows Pistorius walking rapidly on his stumps with an imaginary gun in his hand.

In another scene, Pistorius carries a woman, reportedly his sister Aimee, out of his bathroom to show how he carried Steenkamp.

According to the current affairs show's website the video was "never-before seen footage of Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the night he killed Reeva that convinced a top forensic expert he is innocent".

Pistorius's family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess said they had "asked for urgent clarification from Channel 7 in Australia".
- SAPA

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