State's case based on circumstantial evidence

2014-03-03 12:42
Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Foto24)

Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Foto24)

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Pretoria - The State's case against Oscar Pistorius is based on circumstantial evidence, prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the North Gauteng High Court.

"There were only two people in the house, there were no eyewitnesses," he told the court on Monday.

"The State's case is based on circumstantial evidence... and on what the neighbours heard...and lead ballistic and forensic evidence.'

He said the State would prove that Pistorius killed Reeva Steenkamp with direct intent.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, and contraventions under the Firearms Control Act including possession of ammunition without a licence.

State's claim 'unfair'

The State's claim that Pistorius shot Steenkamp during an argument is "unfair and incorrect", according to Pistorius's plea explanation.

"No evidence can be tendered that I fired the shots because of the argument," Kenny Oldwage, for Pistorius, said.

Apart from Oldwage's voice, the only other sound in court was the clicking of laptop keyboards among the media.

His lawyers will argue that he mistook her for an intruder when he shot her through a closed toilet door.

Steenkamp was shot multiple times, according to prosecutor Gerrie Nel. He added her body suffered no additional injuries. Photographs taken during the post mortem were handed in as evidence.

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