Did Oscar Pistorius lie about prosthetic legs?

2014-03-12 11:50

The state this morning led forensic evidence that seems to suggest that Oscar Pistorius was not being honest when he said he bashed his bathroom door down while wearing prosthetic legs.

Journalists were this morning greeted by the sight of the bathroom door through which Pistorius had shot dead Reeva Steenkamp, erected in a frame in the court room.

The four bullet holes are clearly visible in the door.

Colonel Johannes Vermeulen, a forensic scientist from the police laboratory, got down on his knees in court to demonstrate how he believes marks on Pistorius’ bathroom door were made by a cricket bat.

He said he had “physically matched” the marks on the cricket bat to the door.

Vermeulen also testified that the marks made by the cricket bat on the door “were not consistent” with Pistorius wearing his prosthetic legs.

While Vermeulen was on his knees in court demonstrating the blows, his shoulder height was measured as between 1.24 metres and 1.25 metres.

Vermeulen testified that Oscar Pistorius’ shoulder height (without prosthetics) was also 1.25 metres, although he said he was not aware of this when he originally did the test.

The evidence is in contrast to what Pistorius told the court in his bail application affidavit.

Pistorius said he had fired through the door and then, realising he may have hit Steenkamp, subsequently put on his prosthetic legs.

“I put on my prosthetic legs, ran back to the bathroom and tried to kick the toilet door open ... I went back into the bedroom and grabbed my cricket bat to bash open the door.”

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