Shots could be as neighbour heard - witness

2014-03-19 11:44
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Oscar Pistorius in court - day 13

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Pretoria - The sequence of shots a witness in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial said she heard could tie in with a ballistic analyst's reconstruction of Reeva Steenkamp's last moments, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel drew on the testimony of the first witness in the case, Michelle Burger, as he wrapped up the examination of Captain Chris Mangena.

"Michelle Burger, the first witness, said she heard the following: 'a shot, a pause, a shot, shot, shot," said Nel.

He wanted to know if this would tie in with his evidence.

"My Lady, that is possible," said Mangena.

"You have one shot, a break and the other three shots, it is possible," said Mangena.

Challenged on findings

Earlier, Mangena put up a spirited fight when challenged on his findings over Steenkamp's fatal injuries

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, was trying to get Mangena to concede that bone and bullet fragments could have caused wounds to the back of Steenkamp's hand.

She would have been holding her hand against her head when she was shot in the head.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a locked toilet door in his Silver Woods Country Estate townhouse in the early hours of 14 February last year, apparently thinking she was an intruder.

"If the left hand was close to the head what would have happened to the bone and the bullet fragments?" Roux asked Mangena.

Roux said the fragments would have struck the inside of Steenkamp's hand.

"I disagree with that. I would have expected the bullets and fragments to travel to the back [of the head]," Mangena replied.

He repeatedly disagreed with Roux's versions.

"There won't be bone fragments coming back. I've never seen that," he said, sounding annoyed.

He was thanked for giving evidence by Judge Thokozile Masipa and left the witness stand.

Colonel Ian van der Nest, a blood spatter expert, then took the stand.

The paralympic athlete has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On 30 September 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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