Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend first in the hip before hitting her fatally in the head through a locked toilet door, a police ballistics expert testified yesterday at the Paralympian's murder trial in South Africa.

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius 

The ballistics report appears to support earlier testimony that Reeva Steenkamp had time to cry for help before she died and contradicts the defence team's version that she could not have screamed.

The South African Paralympian says Steenkamp's death was a terrible accident, and that he shot her through the locked door after he mistook her for an intruder.

But ballistics expert, Captain Chris Mangena told the court: "The best probable explanation is the deceased was initially upright behind the closed door, she sustained a penetrating wound in the right side of the hip. The deceased was seated in a defensive position. The arm was lifted up, and was in front of her chest."

The court is adjourned until Monday, after prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked for time to re-examine his final "four or five" witnesses.