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A major setback for Oscar Pistorius' prosecutors

Johannesburg: South African prosecutors, who have accused Oscar Pistorius of murder now admit he may not have had his prostheses on when he fired the shots that killed his girlfriend, removing a key argument for premeditation.

According to a document obtained by local television news channel eNCA, the state’s own ballistics expert believes Paralympic star Pistorius was “most likely” on his stumps when he shot Reeva Steenkamp through the bathroom door.


Oscar Pistorius

During an extensive bail hearing, prosecutors had argued that Pistorius took time to put on his prosthetic legs before firing the shots through the locked bathroom door, showing he was not panicked by the prospect of an intruder.

Pistorius, who goes on trial March 3, denies the charge of murder and says he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

eNCA also reported that prosecutors believe security guards at Pistorius’ gated community called the Olympian after the shooting to see if everything was okay, and that he said it was fine and did not require assistance. They also believe that a neighbour who lives less than 100 metres away, heard shouting on Valentine’s Day, the night of Steenkamp's death. — AFP

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