Nel grills Pistorius on why he fired 4 shots

2014-04-14 14:55
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Pretoria - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel peppered murder-accused Oscar Pistorius with questions on Monday, asking him why he fired only four shots into his toilet door.

"Why did you stop? Why only four? Why not empty the magazine?" Nel said during cross-examination of the athlete.

"I'm not sure," Pistorius replied softly.

"Why not fire at the window?" Nel asked.

Pistorius replied that he was pointing his gun at the door at the time.

He has been charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria house on 14 February last year. He shot her three times through his closed toilet door, saying later he mistook her for an intruder.

Warning shot

He says moments before he heard his bathroom window, which is next to the toilet cubicle, slide open, took his gun and went to investigate.

Nel asked Pistorius why he did not fire a warning shot into the shower.

"The bullet might have ricocheted and hit me."

Nel asked why he did not foresee a similar thing happening in the closed toilet cubicle.

Pistorius: "I didn't intend to fire, but I fired."

Nel: "Did you aim to shoot?"

Pistorius: "No, I didn't aim to shoot."

Nel: "So it was just luck that the gun was pointed at the door?"

Pistorius: "It wasn't luck. She lost her life."

Before adjourning for lunch, Judge Thokozile Masipa asked to see Nel and Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux outside.

According to the State, the shooting happened during an argument.

Cellphone light

Earlier, the court heard that Pistorius would have seen Steenkamp use her cellphone light in his dark bedroom.

"You would have seen it in your peripheral vision. It was pitch dark," Nel told Pistorius.

He has told the court Steenkamp got out of bed in the dark without him noticing to go to the bathroom.

He then heard a noise from the bathroom, took his gun and went to investigate, apparently thinking Steenkamp was still in bed.

Nel asked on Monday: "Reeva going to the toilet, she would have had to walk down a dark passage into a dark bathroom. Why did she not turn on the light?"

Pistorius said she would have used the light of her cellphone.

When Nel said he would have seen the light moving down the passage, Pistorius replied that his back was to the passage.


- SAPA
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