Oscar can't explain Reeva's stomach contents

2014-04-14 11:37
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Pretoria - Murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was on Monday unable to explain why there was still food in Reeva Steenkamp's stomach when she was killed.

"It is devastating for your version that eight hours after she was killed there was still that amount of food in her stomach," prosecutor Gerrie Nel told Pistorius during cross-examination in the North Gauteng High Court.

Pistorius is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"I don't have an explanation for it," Pistorius replied.

"Professor Botha has testified that after six hours people would expect the stomach contents to be clear. We are talking about eight," said Nel.

"She must have eaten within two hours of her death," he added.

Pistorius insisted the couple ate at around 19:00 on 13 February last year and went to bed soon after. She was killed at around 03:00 the following morning.

"Why would there still be food in the stomach?"

"I'm not sure My Lady," Pistorius said.

"Because you were awake," said Nel.

Pistorius then conceded that "it's a possibility" that she could have eaten after 19:00, but later added that this was "highly improbable".

Pistorius is accused of the murder of Steenkamp in his Pretoria house which, according to the State, happened during an argument.

He shot her through the locked door of his toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder about to come out and attack him.

He is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act.

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