Marks on Oscar's door consistent with bat - expert

2014-04-15 21:47
The bathroom door which Paralympian Oscar Pistorius broke down on the night he shot dead his girlfriend during the trial's cross-examination at the North Gauteng High Court. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

The bathroom door which Paralympian Oscar Pistorius broke down on the night he shot dead his girlfriend during the trial's cross-examination at the North Gauteng High Court. (Alexander Joe, AFP)

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Pretoria - Marks on Oscar Pistorius's toilet door were probably caused by the corner of the bat he claimed to have used to bash it down, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

This was the testimony of forensic expert Roger Dixon, who said he had done test on another door.

"The last blow broke through the wood," said Dixon.

He said the powerful blows had caused a strong vibration which resulted in the destruction and removal of a strip of tiles and plaster on the other side of the door.

Dixon also analysed the cricket bat Pistorius claimed to have used to break down the door.

The bat, with its tip soaked in Reeva Steenkamp's blood, had grooves in it.

"The grooves occurred when the tip got stuck on the door," said Dixon.

Explaining the difference between the two woods, Dixon said the door had been made of Meranti, while the bat was English Willow.

Meranti wood splintered easily.

"It ruptures suddenly, causing it so snap and break into a splinter," said Dixon.

He was being led in evidence by Advocate Barry Roux for Pistorius.

Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend Steenkamp in his Pretoria house on 14 February last year.

He shot her through a locked toilet door, hitting her in the hip, arm, and head.

He claims to have mistaken her for an intruder.

Pistorius says he then bashed down the door to reach Steenkamp.

The Paralympian furthermore faces three charges of contravening the Firearms Control Act, on which he has also denied guilt.

- SAPA

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