Oscar Pistorius: Forensics confirm use of cricket bat

2014-03-12 11:00

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A police forensic scientist confirmed that a cricket bat was used on the door of the toilet through which Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“I came to the conclusion that these are, indeed, consistent with hitting the door or bashing the door with a cricket bat,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Johannes Vermeulen in Pistorius’ murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria today.

Analysis showed that the Lazer English Willow, covered with signatures, showed “indisputable confirmation” that the bat was used on the door.

Pistorius has admitted shooting Steenkamp dead. But he says he thought there was an intruder in the house when he fired four shots through the toilet door while she was inside. He then used a cricket bat to break down the door.

A mock-up of the toilet cubicle was set up in the courtroom and Vermeulen took off his jacket to demonstrate his findings on where the bat struck the door.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to murder and to charges under the Firearms Act.

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