Nel: Oscar's version improbable, concocted

2014-04-14 10:35
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Pretoria - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel will focus on how "improbable" and "concocted" Oscar Pistorius's version of the death of Reeva Steenkamp is, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Monday.

"Your version is so improbable that it cannot be reasonably, possibly true," Nel began the day's cross-examination.

Almost immediately the clicking of fingers on laptop keyboards rose from the journalists in the public gallery.

He said his version of events was "in fact untrue".

"It is a concocted version which you've tailored to fit the State's case. Do you understand?"

"Yes, My Lady," he replied softly.

Reeva 'wanted to leave'

Nel then argued that Steenkamp wanted to leave Pistorius's house on the morning she was shot dead, and that was the only reason why her jeans were outside her overnight bag on that morning.

"Isn't it that she wanted to get dressed and leave?" Nel asked.

"Why would she pack everything else and leave the jeans out?"

He pointed out that Steenkamp was a very neat person as all her clothes and undergarments were neatly packed in the overnight bag she had carried to Pistorius's home that day.

The only other item of clothing outside the bag was Steenkamp's "slops".

Nel also questioned Pistorius on why her slops had been placed on the left-hand side of the bed while Reeva slept on the right.

"There was not much space on the right," Pistorius said, adding that, among other things, there was a couch on that side of the bed.

He kept his focus on Judge Thokozile Masipa as he answered.

Pistorius is on trial for Steenkamp's murder. He shot her through a locked bathroom door on Valentine's Day last year. He claims to have mistaken her for an intruder. The State argues that it was premeditated.

- SAPA
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