Oscar Pistorius trial focuses on 'screams' during shooting

Pretoria: The murder trial of South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius focused yesterday on whether neighbours could have heard his model girlfriend screaming on the night he allegedly shot her dead.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius

Prosecutors are trying to prove that Reeva Steenkamp did scream and that this showed the star athlete known as the “Blade Runner” knowingly gunned her down in a fit of anger.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel attempted to show that tests conducted by engineer and acoustics expert Ivan Lin backed up the premeditated murder charge, arguing that neighbours who lived 177 metres (yards) from Pistorius could have been able to differentiate between a male and a female screaming.

Lin said on Monday that at 177 metres away “it is very unlikely a listener can hear a scream let alone interpret the sound source reliably”.

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