Reeva was not using toilet - expert

2014-05-09 13:30
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Pretoria - Reeva Steenkamp was dressed when she was fatally shot by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius on Valentine's Day last year, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Friday.

Ballistics expert Thomas "Wollie" Wolmarans, testifying in Pistorius's defence, said Steenkamp could not have been sitting on the toilet seat when the shots were fired.

"The deceased was not sitting on the toilet seat. Her pants were pulled up and the shot was fired through her pants," said Wolmarans.

The paralympian claims he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her dead in his lavish Silver Woods, Pretoria, home on 14 February last year.

He shot through the locked door of his toilet, hitting Steenkamp in the hip, arm, and head. He has been charged with murder.

He is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act - one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

He has denied guilt on all charges.

Wolmarans said another expert could give the court a different version of probable events on that fateful Valentine's Day morning.

Earlier, Judge Thokozile Masipa and her two assessors inspected a toilet cubicle erected inside courtroom GD.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel invited the judge to examine the reconstruction of the toilet before he began his cross-examination of Wolmarans.

Laser beams were shining through the bullet holes in the door. The exhibition was meant to assist in the identification of the trajectory of the bullets fired by Pistorius.

The trial continues.
Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  thokozile masipa  |  pistorius trial

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