Oscar cries and retches in court

By Hilda Van Dyk
07 April 2014

Oscar Pistorius again cried and vomited this morning as he heard evidence about the girlfriend he shot dead.

Oscar Pistorius again cried and vomited this morning as he heard evidence about the girlfriend he shot dead.

Professor Jan Botha, the first witness on Oscar's team, testified about his findings on Reeva Steenkamp's  wounds and the sequence of the shots.

As Botha testified about Reeva's wounds,  Oscar put his hands over his ears, looked at the floor and threw up in a bucket at his feet.

After Nel had asked for an early tea break,  Oscar's brother and sister, Carl and Aimee, came to sit next to him in the dock and hugged him as his body was wracked with sobs.

After a while Oscar left the court, his eyes swollen from crying.

Botha testified he had not attended Reeva' post mortem examination, which was performed by Professor Gert Saayman. He did, however, study  Saayman's report and looked at photographs.

He testified Reeva was first hit in the hip, then in the arm and lastly in the head. He said if the shots had followed quickly one after the other, she would not have had time to scream.

But Botha had a hard time when Nel started his cross-examination. The first problem Nel had was that Botha had not determined in his report which of the four shots in the door, marked A, B, C en D, had caused which wound.

"This is how it happened, take it from me," Nel said.

The next problem Nel had was that Botha said there were not blood splatters on the wall above the magazine rack next to the toilet. Nel showed Botha a photograph of blood splatters on the wall.

Another problem for Nel was that Botha had testified about the shots, but was not a ballistics expert.  When Nel questioned Botha about the shots through the door, he said: "I don't know, I am not a ballistics expert."

Nel will continue cross-questioning Botha after the break. If Nel finishes the cross-questioning in time,  it's expected Oscar will take the stand to testify about how he shot dead Reeva Steekamp on Valentine's Day last year in his house in the Silver Woods estate east of Pretoria.

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