Was Oscar wearing his legs?

2013-06-06 00:00

THE trajectory of the rounds that killed Reeva Steenkamp may yet determine the outcome of the case against Oscar Pistorius.

Dr David Klatzow, a forensic expert, yesterday said while he did not want to say too much on the evidence as he was not at the scene of the crime, he saw a photo of the bathroom and felt the trajectories of the rounds will become crucial in the case.

The trajectories will show whether Pistorius was wearing his prosthetic legs or not while he was shooting at what he thought was an intruder.

Pistorius and his legal team had stated in the bail application that he was not wearing his prosthetic legs, which was one of the reasons why he felt threatened and fired the shots.

The state argues that Steenkamp had locked herself in the bathroom after an argument with Pistorius, who had then put on his prosthetic legs before shooting her through the door.

Klatzow said neither blood on the bathroom floor — which shows clearly on photos that were leaked this week by Sky News — nor the position of the bullet casings at the scene would be considered as strong evidence.

“Bullet casings can easily be kicked around and are not necessarily picked up where they fell, so this does not always say much,” he said.

“The blood on the floor is also not necessarily an important factor, as it is already known that Reeva was shot in the bathroom and that Pistorius carried her from the bathroom.”

Beeld has since reliably learned that yesterday’s media reports that an iPhone the police had found on Valentine’s Day in Pistorius’s home was partly encrypted content, were probably incorrect.

This smartphone and the stored records on it (of messages and calls made by Steenkamp in the days and hours before her death) could serve as key evidence with three other cellphones that police reportedly also found in the house.

Other evidence that could play less important roles are a memory stick on which Pistorius had reportedly stored details of overseas bank accounts, the pistol he used to shoot through the door, the cricket bat with which he battered down the door and the so-called “herbal medicine” found in Pistorius’s bedroom, which police mistook for testosterone.

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