Pistorius trial - day 4, part 2 - as it happened

2014-03-06 13:44

Get all the highlights from the fourth day of the Oscar Pistorius trial. Get this morning's updates here.


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Our coverage of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial continues on Thursday afternoon with the State calling more witnesses to the stand. For more of Wednesday’s proceedings, click here and here.

15:41 - Tomorrow (Friday) we're done for the week. Thankfully, some would say. I might be one of them. Cheers. 

15:29Daily Social Media Analysis hosted by Carte Blanche’s Bongani Bingwa and media law consultant, Emma Sadleir.

15:24 - OP has left the court in the middle of a mad crowd. Again. 


15:12 - The Oscar channel has provided fact files to help you make sense of events, watch Fact File 4: Possession of Ammunition.

15:06 - Emotional end of the day for OP - seen hugging sister, Aimee. Eyes red from tears.

15:04 - OP is hugging his sister Amiee in the dock, says Alex Crawford. They seem to be crying and praying. 

15:00 - Court adjourned. Back on tomorrow (Friday) at 09.30. 

14:59 - JS on silhouette he saw in frosted bathroom window: "I saw the outline of a person moving from the right to the left."

14:57 - Back onto shots - JS: The shots were right on top of each other: "Boom, boom, boom."

14:54 - The distance from Stipp's bedroom balcony to OP's bathroom is 72 metres.

14:52 - Stipp says next door lights to OP were all on and OP's bathroom lights were on

14:50 - BR questioning how JS saw a person through the frosted bathroom window. JS says he saw a person moving in the bathroom from left to right.

14:48 - OP is leaning forward again, head bowed

14:47 - He had his hands in her groin wound and other hand trying to open her airway. OP was actively trying to assist Reeva, JS says. 

14:46 - He looked sincere to me, he was crying there were tears on his face, says JS of OP. 

14:45 - He was making promises to God, he was wanting to... I don't know, get atonement. He wanted her to live, says JS of OP on that night. 

14:45 - Roux: another witness Estelle van der Merwe says it was a woman, but her husband who knows OP said it was OP.

14:43 - Roux: The male and female voice could have been the same voice? Stipp: I have to say they did sound different.

14:42 - BR: Would you agree that if the shots you heard before 03:17 were the gunshots, the deceased couldn't have screamed. Stipp agrees.

14:41 - BR to JS: On OP's version, you woke up to the shots he fired. If that is so, the shots fired at Reeva caused her not to be able to scream.

14:40 - Roux agrees to frame question differently. 

14:39 - Nel: There were two sets of noises. "Our case is there were four shots in the region of 03:17." She was screaming before 03:17.

14:36 - Roux: There's a problem. State must give us document to say we misled you to say only 4 shots fired, that there were two bursts of gunfire.

14:35 - Nel: I agree that after 3.17 the deceased would not have been able to scream...

14:33 - Judge to Roux: it is your case, not the state's case...

14:32 - Roux: the witness is a medical expert, he knows the deceased could not have screamed with those wounds

14:30 - Roux now addressing the objection - if the state has evidence about other shots they must present it.

14:29 - Nel: I have to object to saying that the first shots killed the deceased. Roux can put it to the witness, but not state as fact.

14:28 - Stipp: I also heard a male's voice intermingled.. Roux: it sounded to you like it was intermingled

14:27 - JS responds: Am I to believe that he screamed in two tones?

14:26 - BR again suggesting that OP's voice resembles a woman's screams when he's scared.  

14:25 - Roux argues that it's "medically impossible" for last screams to have belonged to Reeva. The screams I heard sounded female to me, says JS. 

14:22 -  Roux: all medical experts I’ve consulted say that with Steenkamp’s wounds she would not be able to scream. Stipp agrees. Nel: I object...that is only on the accused's version...there are other explanations...

14:20 - Roux: I consulted 3 specialists. What you observed was fatal head wound. Correct? Yes, says JS.

14:18 - Roux: When you said to the court you heard bang, bang, bang, that is inconsistent with your first statement about two to three shots.

14:14 - Stipp recalling his wife's reaction: As I got up she said, "Are you sure you must go out? Don't go out."

14:13 - Stipp: "They sounded identical." Roux: You had already heard the gunshots so there must be another explanation for next sounds.

14:11 - Roux: The last two to three sounds - those sounds were caused by a cricket bat breaking down the door. But it sounded to you like gunshots.

14:09 - Roux says to JS the fact that he heard three shots that woke him. After that you heard screaming again then what sounded like shots, BR says to JS.

14:08 - Roux questioning Stipp on sequence of events.

14:06 - JS confirms that he heard three bangs at 03:17 while on phone to 10111.

14:04 - I don't remember being sworn in when I made police statement, Stipp (JS) tells Roux (BR for Barry Roux) 

14:03 - Cross examination from Roux begins with him questioning Stipo about his two statements to police: one on day after shooting, another later.

14:03 - Barry Roux now cross-examining Stipp. 

14:00 - Stipp says he stood on his balcony when he heard noises on 21 Feb this year. "I couldn't hear words, I could hear voices faintly"

14:00 - Stipp on woman's screams: "She sounded extremely fearful. I imagine those are the screams you hear from someone afraid for their life."

13:59 - Nel still questioning Johan Stipp. 

13:58 - We're back.

13:55 - It’s Day 4 of the #OscarTrial, DStv Premium, Extra, Compact and Compact Plus subscribers can watch expert analyses on The Oscar Pistorius Trial - A Carte Blanche Channel, DStv Channel 199 and oscartrial.com.

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