9 May 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week Seven, Day Four

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


It's the 29th day of the Oscar Pistorius trial, at the end of a long and tiring South African week. As the last election votes are counted, today will see defence expert witness Tom "Wollie" Wolmarans return to the stand to give evidence combating the state's ballistics claims.

09.00 Matters will shortly kick off for the day in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court. Yesterday, after the initial testimony of anaesthetist Christina Lundgren, we heard from one extremely credible witness and one slightly less so: the latter being social worker Yvette van Schalkwyk, who felt it her duty to come forward to tell the world that Pistorius's distress was (in her estimation) genuine; and the former being ballistic expert Wollie Wolmarans.

Wolmarans is here to cast doubt on the evidence given by one of the state's strongest witnesses, ballistics expert Chris Mangena. When we adjourned for the day yesterday he was very methodically taking the court through his own ballistics report, though we haven't yet really reached the meat of his evidence's conflict with Mangena's.

In other news, British tabloids are reporting that Pistorius has succeeded in selling the Silver Woods...

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