LIVE UPDATES: Pistorius on trial, day 34

2014-06-30 08:54

Get the latest updates as Oscar Pistorius returns to court for the trial of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius resumes on Monday after one month during which mental health experts evaluated the athlete to determine if he has an anxiety disorder that could have influenced his actions on the night he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is expected to receive the conclusions of a panel of one psychologist and three psychiatrists who were instructed to assess whether he was capable of understanding the wrongfulness of his act when he shot Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home on Valentine's Day last year.

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Last Updated at 22:48
30 Jun 15:07
And that's where we'll leave it today. We'll be back on Tuesday (tomorrow) for day 35. Cheers.

30 Jun 14:50
OP "slips pen into breast pocket, turns the pages of a ring binder where some passages are highlighted yellow and grips his iPhone", tweets The Guardian's David Smith.

30 Jun 14:46

Court will resume at 09:30 on Tuesday.

Watch a full summary of day 34's court proceedings here:

30 Jun 14:46
Nel says he needs time to go through report. Judge says it's a reasonable request. Roux has no problem with it.

30 Jun 14:45
Roux concludes. Nel begins.

30 Jun 14:45
Lin holds sound meter on witness stand. "I'm now going to measure the ambient sound level of this court." It's 38 dBA.

30 Jun 14:43
Lin is going to measure ambient noise level, asks court to be quiet for 2 seconds.

30 Jun 14:42
Lin says he's brought to court a professional sound level meter.

30 Jun 14:42
Lin says if listeners were 177m away in bedroom and sound came from bathroom, sound would not have been audible or intelligible.

30 Jun 14:41
Lin says if listeners were 177m away on balcony and the sound came from the bathroom, sound would have been audible and intelligible.

30 Jun 14:39
Barking dogs not taken into account for testing, Lin confirms.

30 Jun 14:39
Court resumes. Lin still testifying.

30 Jun 14:35
The first witness to testify in the trial, neighbour Michelle Burger, lived 177m away and claims she heard a woman's "blood-curdling screams".

30 Jun 14:23
Court takes a short adjournment.

30 Jun 14:21
Roux turns over to next page of Lin's report. Who knows how long this will take...

30 Jun 14:20
Lin: at 177metres away, if scream was from toilet, unlikely that it would have been audible.

30 Jun 14:19
Lin: "The listeners could have heard a scream from 80m away, irrespective if it was from toilet, bathroom or balcony."

30 Jun 14:18

Lin: At 170m, if listeners were in the bedroom, a scream from the toilet would range from "not audible to extremely unlikely to be audible".

30 Jun 14:17
Lin: if listeners are in bedroom and scream emanates form balcony, it would be audible and intelligible

30 Jun 14:15
Lin: "If listeners were in the bedroom and scream originated from bathroom", the sound would be "in the range of audible and intelligible".

30 Jun 14:13
Lin: "Can one reliably differentiate a male and female scream... Can one discern the emotion of a scream from 80 to 100 metres away?"

30 Jun 14:12
Lin is STILL speaking about possible scenarios. Well, isn't he thorough...

30 Jun 14:10
Lin describes the expected sound levels at 180km away from bedroom, bathroom, balcony.

30 Jun 14:08
Lin lists more scenarios for strength of sound travelling 177 metres: windows open, atmospheric pressure etc.

30 Jun 14:07
Lin describes the loss of sound at the listener's position with the window open and closed.

30 Jun 14:02
Roux continues with sound expert Ivan Lin. Lin goes over some scenarios about what might have been heard on night of shooting.

30 Jun 14:01
Court resumes.

30 Jun 13:36
A Pistorius fan outside court. (Amanda Watson, Twitter)

30 Jun 13:29
Get a little more detail about when OP's othopaedic surgeon, Gerry Versveld, was on the stand.

30 Jun 12:59
Court adjourns for lunch.

30 Jun 12:59

Lin is making many subpoints. I've lost count of how many.

Lin says sound generated on balcony would be influenced by line of sight.


30 Jun 12:55

Lin: Variables in sound transmission include grass length, temperature, humidity, wind at the time...

Grass length? Er, yeah OK.

30 Jun 12:53
Mr Lin says what people heard depends on whether they live within the line of sight of the house, and the "meteorological conditions".

30 Jun 12:52
Lin says one can typically differentiate between a male and a female's screams but not always.

30 Jun 12:50
Lin: we have found no studies to support the assumption that all female / male screams sound the same.

30 Jun 12:49

Lin: Is it correct to assume that all male/female screams sound the same?

Will the court listen to a recording of OP screaming?

30 Jun 12:47
Roux asks if two people can hear same sound differently because it's interpreted by the brain. Lin agrees.

30 Jun 12:46
Lin says court should consider certain facts when assessing his report.

30 Jun 12:44
Acoustic engineer Lin looked at two questions: Can you differentiate between male/female screams; & discern emotion, over distance?

30 Jun 12:42
Lin says he tested the difference between female and male voices

30 Jun 12:41
Lin dealt with two questions - can a person distinguish male from female voice at 177m away from the source…

30 Jun 12:40
Lin says he studies acoustics and how human beings perceive sound.

30 Jun 12:39
Lin says he is an acoustics engineer and has been since 1992.

30 Jun 12:38
Lin confirms to Roux he compiled report on evidence.

30 Jun 12:37
Roux moves onto next witness, an acoustics expert. Ivan Lin is his name.

30 Jun 12:36
Roux hands another set of documents to the court.

30 Jun 12:35
Masipa orders that who ever was responsible for sealing the house provide an explanation as to the whereabouts of the cord.

30 Jun 12:33
Masipa says she's very unhappy about this missing cord.

30 Jun 12:31
Roux: "I think at the very least we're entitled to an explanation.... The person who was in control of the house should explain."

30 Jun 12:30

Roux says the cord is not at OP's house. These are the cold facts: The police took possession of the house.

So basically, Roux is putting the blame at the police's door. If you will remember, one of OP's watches went missing in the hours after Steenkamp's death when the police were there.

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