Prosecutor questions Pistorius affidavit

2013-02-22 11:05
Gerrie Nel (Picture: AFP)

Gerrie Nel (Picture: AFP)

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Pretoria - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has questioned the details of Oscar Pistorius's version of the moments before he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in a toilet at his home.

"For a woman who went to the bathroom at 03:00, and someone who shouts 'there is an intruder', the woman would have said 'Oscar where are you?'," said Nel on Friday at Pistorius's bail application in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Pistorius has denied deliberately shooting Steenkamp on 14 February and said he thought there was a burglar when he fired shots at the toilet door, realising afterwards it was her inside.

On Pistorius's version, Steenkamp must have pulled up her shorts when she heard him screaming and locked the door, said Nel.

The court has heard in initial evidence that Steenkamp's bladder was empty and Steenkamp was wearing shorts when Pistorius carried her downstairs before she died.

"To find this version probable, one must stretch," said Nel.

Pistorius looked down as Nel continued his argument opposing the granting of bail.

Nel wanted to know why the two did not bump into each other with him fetching a fan on the balcony as his affidavit said, and her going to the toilet.

"It's always very easy to give a version, especially where there is one person to give a version."

- See News24's Pistorius Special Report.

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