‘Isn’t he ashamed?’

2014-08-09 00:00

“AREN’T you ashamed?” Oscar Pistorius’s aunt, Loïs Pistorius, asked prosecutor Gerrie Nel yesterday, glaring at him in court.

Nel was a short way from her, with his back turned as he walked out of court. He didn’t turn and it is not certain he heard her.

Loïs turned to Löra Hartzenberg, Oscar’s psychologist, and repeated: “Isn’t he ashamed?”

When proceedings resumed, a visibly upset Loïs turned to reporters seated behind her, but her husband, Arnold, elbowed her and she turned away.

Judge Thokozile Masipa announced yesterday that she will deliver her judgment on September 11.

Nel and Pistorius’s defence counsel, Barry Roux, delivered their closing arguments in the murder case on Thursday and yesterday.

Both prosecution and defence seemed relieved when the court rose and the four-month trial was almost at an end.

Nel and the police officers on the investigation team smiled broadly and laughed uproarously at a joke.

Pistorius’s team and family looked pleased, and exchanged hugs and handshakes.

Oscar himself looked downcast.

Roux said in his closing argument that all the state witnesses and those for the defence heard the same screams, which were Pistorius’s screams and not his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp’s.

He set out a detailed timeline, trying to show minute by minute that Pistorius’s version of events agreed precisely with the State witnesses’ recollections and was reasonably possibly true.

He continued to maintain that state witnesses confused Pistorius’s screams for a woman’s, although no defence witness testified to this.

Roux said the State had not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

“There is a small possibility that there was a row, there is a small possibility that those screams were those of a woman, there is a small possibility that [Steenkamp] could have eaten in the early hours.”

He said the charge should not have been murder, but culpable homicide.

On the testimony of state pathologist Professor Gert Saayman, that Steenkamp appeared to have eaten within two hours of her death, he said this was not founded on “exact science”.

Roux conceded Pistorius was negligent when he asked to see a friend’s pistol in a restaurant and handled it.

“He is guilty of the first alternative charge and the third”, that he handled the Glock27 pistol negligently and caused damage to the floor by the shot that went off.

Nel delivered his closing arguments on Thursday pointing out what he said were a “baker’s dozen” of lies told by Pistorius.

He said in his short reply yesterday that Pistorius knew there was someone behind the toilet door and shot with the intention of killing that person.

“Then,” said Nel, “he is guilty of murder.”

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