Nel to Pistorius: 'The theme for the day is you're tailoring your evidence’

2014-04-14 14:29

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Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has today continued to poke holes in Oscar Pistorius’ testimony, telling the athlete that the “theme for the day is (Pistorius) tailoring your evidence”.

In an unrelenting cross-examination Nel told Pistorius that he had “invented” a story about covering the light of an amplifier with a pair of jeans to “create time”.

“You have to build in – on your version – a time gap for Reeva [Steenkamp] to get into the bathroom, that’s why you invented what you’re [saying] now."

Nel has quizzed Pistorius on why the story about him covering the blue LED light on his amplifier after bringing in the two fans was not in his bail application affidavit or in his plea explanation.

The state will likely argue that Pistorius added an extra fan to the version in his bail application - that he had brought in a fan - as well as the story about the blue light to create a gap in which Steenkamp could have got out of bed and moved to the bathroom without Pistorius knowing.

Nel also said Pistorius was tailoring his evidence when he said that the duvet, which was found on the floor, must have been moved there by a policeman.

But Nel then pointed out that there was blood spatter on the duvet.

“If we follow that blood spatter down towards the denims (next to the duvet) you find blood spatter on the carpet as well.”

Pistorius responded that the blood spatter, caused by blood pumping out of Reeva’s arteries as he carried her out of the bedroom, could have hit the duvet while it was on the bed.

Nel hit back: “So a policeman, by design or luck, put that down on that particular corner in line with blood spatter on the floor?”

He has also quizzed Pistorius on what he calls several other incidences of Pistorius tailoring his evidence.

These included Steenkamp's slippers being on the left side of the bed, why she still had food in her stomach when they had eaten eight hours earlier and why she didn’t say anything to Pistorius when he got up as well as what his intention was when he fired at the door.

Nel contends that all these things point to the improbability of the evidence.

Pistorius twice broke down under the strain, forcing court to adjourn.

The first was when Nel asked Pistorius what he had screamed upon entering the bathroom.

“I said: 'Get the fuck out my house, get the fuck out!”

His voice reached a hysterical pitch before he broke down in tears.

After the adjournment Nel asked if that wasn’t “exactly what you shouted at Reeva, with respect to the court, get the fuck out of my house?”

Pistorius would later break down again, when asked by Nel if he had just fired in the direction of the door through luck.

“Why would that be lucky, she lost her life!” said Pistorius, his voice again rising to a squeaky pitch before he burst into tears.

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