Oscar's bedroom is dark - expert

2014-04-15 14:14
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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's bedroom is pitch dark when the curtains are drawn in the evening, and all the lights and electronic equipment are switched off, a forensic expert told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Roger Dixon said he had conducted visibility tests at Pistorius's home.

"With everything off on a moonless night, I couldn't see anything. Not even my hand..." said Dixon.

He testified that on 14 February last year, the day Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, there had also been no moon.

Dixon said he did another test where he switched on the electrical appliances but kept the lights off.

The appliances and small illuminators on the light switches provided some light.

Dixon had performed the same tests at Pistorius's residence on Monday.

"There was a moon, therefore there was a little light coming... through the passage," he said.

Dixon told the court the light switch for both the bathroom and the toilet cubicle were on the same panel outside the bathroom door.

"The toilet light was not working," he said.

Breaking door with cricket bat

Earlier, the court heard that a lot of force is needed to break open a wooden door using a cricket bat.

"I still have pain in my forearm because it takes a lot of force," Dixon told the court.

During his testimony, Pistorius told the court he broke down the door using a cricket bat.

On Tuesday, the court heard two sound clips recorded when Dixon conducted tests on the sounds that would be generated when a bat hit against a door in an effort to break it.

Dixon explained that in one clip, he was hitting the bat while swinging it from above his shoulder. The second was when he banged the door with the bat from a lower, sweep-like position.

The tests had been conducted at a shooting range to replicate the same open conditions that existed on the morning Pistorius shot Steenkamp and broke down the door.

After attentively listening to the proceedings, Pistorius, who had earlier testified in the trial, lowered his head towards his thighs when the sounds were played.

He placed his thumbs over his ears, attempting to block out the sound.

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