Video could dent Oscar Pistorius’ case

2014-07-06 15:00

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A shocking new video, stills of which are pictured alongside and below, that has emerged of Oscar Pistorius moving rapidly on his stumps with an imaginary gun in front of him appears to have raised question marks about the athlete’s testimony.

Tonight, Australia’s Channel 7 programme Sunday Night will air the exclusive footage of Pistorius re-enacting Reeva Steenkamp’s shooting.

View a clip here.

The video shows the athlete moving in a way that appears to blatantly contradict the way he described his movements on the night Steenkamp was killed.

David Dadic, an attorney who has followed the trial closely, said: “When I watched [the video] for the first time, the hairs on my neck stood up. This could have a massive influence on the evidence. It goes against everything we’ve heard.”

When Pistorius was cross-examined by Advocate Gerrie Nel, the prosecutor extended his arm with an imaginary gun at shoulder height and asked if that was how Pistorius had held the gun, asking if he had been “ready to shoot”.

The athlete said he demonstrated how he had held the gun with his elbow bent, at about waist level. “I’m going to put on record what I saw. You have a bent arm, with your elbow next to your side,” said Nel.

But this is clearly contradicted by the video. It shows Pistorius, on his stumps, moving rapidly along a long, straight line, with an imaginary pistol extended in his right hand at shoulder height. Pistorius testified that his left hand was trailing along the wall of the passage.

It remains to be seen whether the prosecution will raise this new evidence.

Pistorius’ attorneys are reportedly seeking “urgent clarification” from the Australian broadcaster over the re-enactment footage.

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