Roux: Statement, testimony don't match

2014-03-04 11:33
Barry Roux (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Barry Roux (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's lawyer on Tuesday queried the evidence of a witness testifying in the murder trial of the paralympian.

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, said Michelle Burger's statement given to police several days after the shooting did not match her testimony.

Burger told the North Gauteng High Court she heard screams, followed by the gunshots.

The screams subsided after the last shot.

Roux argued that this was not reflected in her statement, which was initially written in Afrikaans.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel objected, saying Burger had accurately relayed her statement, and the interpretation was reflected differently due to the changing of the statement from English to Afrikaans.

Nel said there were some phrases and words that could be explained in a shorter way in Afrikaans but needed a lengthier explanation in English.

Burger said: "My statement is a few pages long. I've been testifying for hours and I can explain the minute details to the court."

Pistorius listened attentively to the proceedings.

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

He said he shot her dead after mistaking her for an intruder.

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

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