AS IT HAPPENED: Day 36, Pistorius trial

2014-07-02 09:13

We bring you the latest details from Oscar Pistorius's 36th day in the North Gauteng High Court where he is facing charges of murdering Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius's agent will return to the witness box where Gerrie Nel will continue grilling him.

Van Zyl said on Tuesday that Pistorius had only lost his temper twice in the eight years they had worked together.

Earlier on Tuesday, Nel cross-examined acoustics expert Ivan Lin on ambient noise on the morning of Valentine's Day last year, when Pistorius shot dead Reeva Steenkamp.


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Last Updated at 08:08
02 Jul 15:28
That's where we'll close updates. Cheers. Watch a full summary of day 36 here:

02 Jul 15:08
We can't do anything about what was published before 15:05 but as of this moment, prohibition order stands.

02 Jul 15:07
Masipa grants order.

02 Jul 15:06
Oldwadge asks Masipa to grant an order prohibiting the publication other than conclusions of the reports.

02 Jul 15:04
Oldwadge makes request to the court. He raises issue about psych reports having been released to the media with intimate details...

02 Jul 15:03
WD: In test, when you get the shock that you've been anticipating, the high fear group respond with higher startle.

02 Jul 15:01
WD reads findings from study that show in high-fear group startle responses are higher.

02 Jul 14:59
WD explains how startle response is produced and how quickly or forcefully the eyes shut, the body reacts... He explains how shock is administered to test subjects and examine their expectations of fear...

02 Jul 14:58
WD: people in experiments are place in front of computer with electrodes over eyelids, body, measure muscle reactions...

02 Jul 14:53
WD: Hippocampus, prefrontal regions are active in situations of fear...

02 Jul 14:51
WD: Both hippocampus and pre-frontal cortex contain memory patterns that instantly activate when danger is perceived..

02 Jul 14:49
WD: The hippocampus forms important link between thinking brain and the amygdala that governs automatic responses..

02 Jul 14:48

WD says he's going to describe the brain very slowly, court must say if he's going too's very important.

He holds up a diagram of the brain and painstakingly describes every sort. Draws attention to the mid-brain. He says the mid-brain is the most ancient, primitive part of the brain - the amygdala governs the fight and flight response.

02 Jul 14:44
WD fight or flight evidence seems to be defence response to Nel questioning why OP confronted perceived threat.

02 Jul 14:42
So now polar bears are getting a mention. Yesterday it was Andrea Bocelli, today polar bears...

02 Jul 14:41
WD says it might be that people pit themselves against the 'superhumans'...but it's a complex issue.

02 Jul 14:36
WD says UK introduced legislation to enhance understanding of disability hate crimes.

02 Jul 14:34
WD cites another US study which found that disabled people were twice as likely to suffer from attacks.

02 Jul 14:32
Adults with disabilities "at higher risk of violence" says WD, citing study.

02 Jul 14:29
WD says he believes people with disabilities more at risk from the attack than the able-bodied.

02 Jul 14:28
Oldewadge immediately moves on...

02 Jul 14:28
Judge rules WD's evidence of letters are hearsay.

02 Jul 14:27
Judge Masipa says she's not going to entertain further arguments: "The evidence is not relevant."

02 Jul 14:26
Judge says the case law cited by Oldwadge doesn't assist the defence in this argument.

02 Jul 14:25
Judge: The sources, the two individuals with disabilities, refer to their own circumstances, cannot be relevant in this case.

02 Jul 14:23
Judge: Courts usually accept expert sources consulted by experts who won't come to court and cannot be cross-examined.

02 Jul 14:22
Judge says it's important to compile the nature of the evidence compiled by Derman in his report.

02 Jul 14:21
Court is in session.

02 Jul 14:13
Psych report: He admits that he went through a period where he made the wrong choice of friends and often acted in way he wasn't proud of.

02 Jul 13:56
Also in the psychiatric report: OP says he can't sleep, has lost 10kg and no longer feels motivated.

02 Jul 13:49
According to the psychiatric report, OP shows symptoms of agoraphobia and social phobia.

02 Jul 13:46

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02 Jul 13:05
From the psychiatric report: There is evidence to indicate that Mr Pistorius was genuine with his feelings towards Ms Steenkamp

02 Jul 12:32
Court adjourns. It will resume at 14:00. Enjoy your lunch, everyone!

02 Jul 12:30
Nel finishes. Judge confers with assessors.

02 Jul 12:29
Nel: I haven't had as much time as Mr Oldwadge to prepare or peruse the case law.

02 Jul 12:28
The basic evidence for hearsay is that it is evidence of a non-witness.

02 Jul 12:27
Nel: Email says woman's flight or fight response is quicker at 50 than many people's. "Why would you present that if nobody can test it?"

02 Jul 12:27
Nel: Oldewadge with the utmost respect is wrong.

02 Jul 12:24
On the test for hearsay, it's hearsay. We're hearing evidence from a witness we can't cross-examine.

02 Jul 12:23

02 Jul 12:22
Oldewadge: Mr Ne's objection is premature.

02 Jul 12:19
Oldwadge says these are collateral sources, much like those that would be cited in a psychological report.

02 Jul 12:17
Oldewadge was clearly prepared for this objection. He's been reading an argument in response for the last 10 minutes.

02 Jul 12:14
Oldwadge argues emails not hearsay because Derman is not using them to prove truth of fight or flight testimony

02 Jul 12:09
Oldwadge is referring to case to argue why this evidence is not hearsay.

02 Jul 12:07
Oldwadge: he suggests what is contained in this email is hearsay evidence...I take exception to the submission by Mr Nel.

02 Jul 12:05
Nel objects as Derman reads from Kent's email. He says it's hearsay. "It's going too far..."

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