Paralympian overwhelmed by harrowing testimony describing Steenkamp's wounds
Pretoria: An overcome Oscar Pistorius vomited in court yesterday as he listened to harrowing expert testimony about the autopsy of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he is accused of murdering.
Oscar Pistorius reacts in the dock during his trial hearing yesterday at Pretoria’s North Gauteng High Court in South Africa. Pics/AFP.
Sitting in the dock, a clearly emotional Pistorius retched and heaved as University of Pretoria pathologist Gert Saayman gave an account of the multiple bullet wounds Pistorius admits inflicting. Pistorius says he fired four shots at Steenkamp on February 14, 2013 through a locked toilet door, believing her to be an intruder. He denies a charge of murder.
Pistorius was left distressed after hearing gruesome autopsy details
Saayman — whose testimony the media has been banned from directly reporting — told the court how Steenkamp was struck four times with bullets from Pistorius’ nine millimetre pistol. Steenkamp was shot once on the top right of head, once in the right elbow and once in the right hip. She was also stuck in the webbing of her left hand.
The model and law graduate also sustained injuries from fragments of bullet, fragments of the door and fragments of her own bone.
As the details were read out, the court was forced to adjourn as Pistorius broke down, his shoulders visibly shaking.
“Mr Roux can you just attend to the accused, not sure what’s happening?” Judge Thokozile Masipa said addressing Pistorius’ lawyer. Masipa earlier upheld a request from the prosecution, defence and the witness not to allow live audio broadcast of the testimony because of its graphic content. “There shall be no live broadcast of the evidence of Professor Saayman,” Masipa ruled.“That applies to Twitter.”
Blog posts were also banned. Professor Saayman earlier asked that his testimony not be broadcast for ethical reasons.
. Athlete breaks down in court once again
. Trial continues despite Oscar’s state
. Media banned from relaying graphic details
. Pistorius pleads not guilty to murder
. Neighbour Michelle Burger admits to hearing “blood curdling screams” then four gunshots
. Defence claims the shouts could not have been of Miss Steenkamp as she was “shot in the head”, rendering her unable to make sounds
. Neighbour Estelle van der Merwe tells the court that she heard “loud voices” arguing followed by “shots or explosions”
. June Steenkamp (Reeva’s mother), on the sidelines of the trial, says Paralympic athlete didn’t make eye contact with her
. Husband of Michelle Burger — Charl Johnson claims he had heard “five or six gunshots”
. Pistorius’ friend Kevin Lerena reveals Paralympian fired a gun in a restaurant in January 2013, grazing his friend’s foot, then asked another pal to take the blame (which he did).
. Pistorius’ lawyer accuses key witness Charl Johnson of doctoring evidence with his wife Michelle Burger to “incriminate” the athlete
. Pistorius breaks down and puts his hands over his ears as neighbour and radiologist Johan Stipp recounts desperate attempts to save Reeva Steenkamp’s life
. Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor testifies that Paralympian often carried a gun and once fired at a traffic light after a confrontation with police
. Taylor also claims that he cheated on her with Reeva
. Security guard Pieter Baba reveals that Pistorius told security at his estate that “everything is fine” shortly after shots were heard