WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: Image of Reeva's wounded head shown in court

By admin
09 April 2014

A photograph of Reeva Steenkamp's wounded head was shown in court. WARNING: Not for sensitive readers

Gerrie Nel showed a photograph of Reeva Steenkamp's wounded head in court and told Oscar Pistorius her head exploded just a watermelon.

He was refering to the video of Pistorius at the shooting range broadcast by Sky News, where the murder accused fires at a watermelon with a handgun. After the footage -- in which Pistorius refers to a gun as "a zombie stopper" -- was allowed to be screened in the High Court, Nel said Pistorius compared the watermelon to brains. “You said, ‘It’s softer than brains,’” he said. “I was referring to a zombie,” Pistorius answered.

'I don't need to look at the photo to remind me. I remember. I was there'

In the video, as Pistorius hits the watermelon it explodes and there are whoops of triumph.

“What we can see there is the effect the ammunition had on the watermelon.” Nel continued. “It exploded.”

“You know that the same happened to Reeva’s head?”

He then showed a photograph of Reeva’s head after she had been shot.

Pistorius refused to look at the photograph.

Nel pressed Pistorius to look at the photo and take responsibility for his actions.

"I don't need to look at the photo to remind me. I remember. I was there," said Pistorius as tears ran down his face.

Defence attorney Barry Roux then deemed it unfair to compare Reeva's head with a watermelon.

Judge Thokozile Masipa asked for the photo of Reeva's bloodied head to be removed, before adjourning the courtroom.

As on previous occasions, Pistorius's sister, Aimee, went to his side to console him.

An image of the TV screen shown in court is below. It is extremely graphic and not suitable for sensitive readers.

The image shown on the court TV during the trial. PHOTO: youtube.com/user/sabcdigitalnews The image shown on the court TV during the trial. PHOTO: youtube.com/user/sabcdigitalnews

- Hilda Fourie & Kirstin Buick

Sources: youtube.com/user/sabcdigitalnews, sapa.org

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