Pretoria: A weeping Oscar Pistorius shielded his ears as a witness in his murder trial yesterday gave harrowing evidence about desperate attempts to save Reeva Steenkamp’s life after she was shot.
Trying times: Murder accused Oscar Pistorius cries during trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria yesterday. pic/AFP
Rocking back and forth in the dock, Pistorius put his hands over his ears as neighbour and radiologist Johan Stipp recounted how he entered his house to find the distraught Paralympian bent over, attempting to resuscitate his girlfriend.
Stipp noticed a wound on Steenkamp’s right thigh, right upper arm, and “blood, hair and what looked like brain tissue intermingled with that” on top of the skull.
Amid the scene of horror, Stipp said he quickly realised the 29-year-old model’s injuries were too severe to be survivable.
“She had no pulse in her neck, she had no peripheral pulse, she had no breathing movements that she made. She was clenching down on Oscar’s fingers as he was trying to open her airway.
“I opened her right eyelid, the pupil was fixed dilated and the cornea was milky, in other words it was already drying out, so to me it was obvious that she was mortally wounded. While I was trying to ascertain if she’s revivable, Oscar was crying all the time, he prayed to God to please let her live, she must not die.”
Pistorius stands accused of murdering Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate on Feb 14 last year.
He claims to have shot her through a locked toilet door after mistaking her for an intruder.