Cop testifies about Pistorius toilet door

2014-03-12 10:43
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Oscar Pistorius in court - day 8

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Pretoria - A senior police officer at the forensic science laboratory took the stand during Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Vermeulen is the commander of the material analysis sub-section, he said to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Vermeulen confirmed that a cricket bat was used against the door of the toilet through which Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"I came to the conclusion that these are indeed consistent with hitting the door, or bashing the door with a cricket bat," said Vermeulen.

Analysis showed that the Lazer English Willow, covered with signatures, showed "indisputable confirmation" that the bat was used against the door.

Pistorius has admitted shooting Steenkamp dead but said he thought there was an intruder in the house when he fired four shots through the toilet door while she was in there.

He then took a cricket bat to break the door down.

Toilet cubicle

A mock-up of that toilet cubicle was set up in the courtroom and Vermeulen took off his jacket to demonstrate his findings on where the bat struck the door.

Earlier, Vermeulen told the court he had more than 29 years of experience in scientific analysis and had completed almost 1 400 forensic investigations.

Pistorius is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at Tasha's in January 2013.

On 30 September 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

- SAPA
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