Pistorius Physically Sick During a Pathologist’s Testimony

Oscar Pistorius vomited in court as he heard a pathologist’s testimony about the nature of his girlfriend’s injuries after he shot her dead.

Pathologist Gert Saayman told the court that Reeva Steenkamp was shot three times, in the head, hip and arm.

The judge had earlier banned live broadcast of the post-mortem examination testimony.

The Paralympic athlete, on trial for murder, denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Mr Pistorius’ body jerked and he retched as he heard the pathologist’s evidence, reports the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani at the court in Pretoria.

Oscar Pistorius Vomitted During Post-Mortem Evidence.
Oscar Pistorius Vomitted During Post-Mortem Evidence.

A bucket was placed next to Mr Pistorius, who broke down in tears on several occasions, leading the judge to briefly halt proceedings.

The pathologist described how the wounds on Ms Steenkamp’s body were consistent with bullets being fired through a wooden object such as a door.

The wounds to her arm and hip could have killed her because of the extent of the bleeding, Mr Saayman said.

He added that the bullets used were a “black talon” type, designed to cause maximum tissue damage.

The trial has now been adjourned and the pathologist will continue to give evidence on Tuesday.

Mr Pistorius fired four shots at Ms Steenkamp through the bathroom door. He says he mistook the 29-year-old model and aspiring lawyer for an intruder.

Source: BBC


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