Forensics show Oscar was on his stumps

By admin
12 March 2014

Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius was probably on his stumps when he struck with a cricket bat at a toilet door between him and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

Police forensic expert Lt-Col Johannes Vermeulen, testified that he had a consultation with prosecutor Gerrie Nel last November about the door.

'Marks on the door are actually consistent with him not having his legs on'

"[I] mentioned that marks on the door are actually consistent with him not having his legs on and I suspect it must be similar to the height that he was when he fired the first shots."

His shoulder height was measured at around 1,25m.

Pistorius is a double-amputee below the knees and went on to become a gold-medal winning paralympian and Olympic Games competitor using prosthetic blades.

The court has heard that he slept with his "legs" next to his bed.

He has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Steenkamp on Valentine's Day morning 2013 as well as a number of charges under the Firearms Act.

He fired four shots through the toilet door and said at his bail hearing that it was because he thought there was an intruder in there.

During his bail hearing last year, he said he was on his stumps at the time and felt fearful.

He said when he reached the bed Steenkamp was not there and he realised it could have been Steenkamp in the toilet.

"... I tried to open the toilet door but it was locked. I rushed back into the bedroom and opened the sliding door exiting onto the balcony and screamed for help.

"I put on my prosthetic legs, ran back to the bathroom and tried to kick the toilet door open.

"I think I must then have turned on the lights. I went back into the bedroom and grabbed my cricket bat to bash open the toilet door."


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