Oscar takes the blame for Reeva's death

2014-04-14 15:26
The bullet-riddled toilet door through which Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Sttenkamp. (Antoine de Ras, Pool)

The bullet-riddled toilet door through which Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Sttenkamp. (Antoine de Ras, Pool)

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Oscar's trial - day 22 summary

2014-04-14 16:03

Gerrie Nel continued his grilling cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius, reducing Pistorius to tears more than once. Here's everything you need to know about day 22.WATCH

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius blames himself for shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, he told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday.

After some silence, Pistorius said during cross-examination: "I blame myself for taking Reeva's life."

He is charged with murdering Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on 14 February last year. He shot her through a locked toilet cubicle door. He claims to have mistaken her for an intruder.

On Monday, Pistorius said he acted out of fear, but maintained the shooting was an accident.

"If it was an intruder [behind the door], would it have been an accident?" prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked him.

"I think so, my lady," Pistorius said.

Throughout his cross-examination, Pistorius has not once looked at Nel, maintaining his focus on presiding Judge Thokozile Masipa instead.

With his glasses in his hand and at times placing his hand on his hips, Nel continued to tear through Pistorius's evidence.

In the court was a mock-up of the toilet cubicle in Pistorius's home.

Looking at the marks where the bullets went through the door, Nel questioned Pistorius on why he had not aimed at the door handle if he thought the intruder was about to come out.

Pistorius said he was not aiming anywhere in particular.

Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  thokozile masipa  |  pretoria  |  pistorius trial

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