Oscar trial: Key points from day 22

2014-04-14 20:05
Barry Roux and Oscar Pistorius in court. (Picture: Sapa)

Barry Roux and Oscar Pistorius in court. (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius appeared to change part of his defence and buckled under relentless cross-examination on day 22 of his murder trial.

Here are highlights from Monday's proceedings:

Accidental shooting

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel attacked Pistorius for saying he fired his gun by accident, although the sprinter's formal defence is he fired the shots in self-defence against a perceived intruder.

"Your defence had changed. It is not self-defence, it is involuntary action," said Nel. "It's now 'I don't know why I fired.'"

The legal implications differ between self-defence and accidental acts.

Faking tears

Nel accused Pistorius of feigning tears to delay proceedings as the athlete repeatedly broke down in court.

"Mr Pistorius, you're not using your emotional state to escape, are you?" he asked.

Taking aim

Pistorius demonstrated how he held the gun, straight ahead, his arm slightly bent, when he pulled the trigger.

"I didn't aim at the door, my firearm was pointed at the door," said Pistorius.

Nel accused the athlete of changing aim after he fired the first shot and heard Reeva Steenkamp falling backwards inside the toilet cubicle, as indicated by the bullet holes through the door.

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The sprinter said he screamed in a high-pitched voice while repeating his words to the perceived intruder before shooting:

"Get the fuck out of my house!" Pistorius shouted before his voice broke with emotion and he burst into tears.

Nel suggested Pistorius shouted the same words at Steenkamp during a row.

Last meal

Steenkamp's last meal was just after 19:00 the evening before she died, Pistorius testified, unable to explain why her stomach still had undigested food.

"It is devastating for your version that eight hours after she was killed there was still that amount of food in her stomach," said Nel.


Nel attacked Pistorius for realising he must have shot Steenkamp so quickly after thinking he fired at an intruder.

The athlete testified he realised Steenkamp must have been in the toilet when he could not find her in the bedroom after firing. He conceded he never checked if she had escaped from the bedroom.

"It's a huge leap from 'I just shot at an intruder' and 'It could have been Reeva,'" said Nel.

Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  pistorius trial  |  crime

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