17 April 2014

South Africa: Defence Witness Contradicts Oscar

Photo: Werner Beukes/SAPA
Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius in court (file photo).

Pretoria — A defence witness on Thursday contradicted the evidence of murder-accused Oscar Pistorius.

Testifying in the High Court in Pretoria, Roger Dixon said according to his findings a magazine rack had been right next to where Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp fell and died on Valentine's Day last year.

He referred the court to a photograph and said there was a blood smear caused by the foot of the magazine rack which had been in the toilet of Pistorius's home.

However, Pistorius told the court the magazine rack was not there when he broke down the door to get to Steenkamp.

"So whatever the accused is saying, you're saying he is wrong?" asked prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

"You're his witness," said Nel.

"When the deceased fell, the magazine rack was there," Dixon, a qualified geologist, said.

Steenkamp's mother June looked down, avoiding seeing the picture of the bloody toilet.

A woman next to her rubbed her back, comforting her.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year.

He says he mistook her for an intruder and that the shooting was an accident.

He is charged with murdering her, and also faces three other charges of contravening the Firearms Control Act.

The State argues that he murdered Steenkamp following an argument.

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