Pistorius trial - key points from day 25

17th April 2014, Comments 0 comments

The defence forensics expert contradicted some of Oscar Pistorius's own testimony and admitted to inaccurate measurements during his cross-examination on day 25 of the Paralympian's murder trial.

Here are highlights from Thursday's proceedings:

- Defence forensic expert Roger Dixon contradicted Pistorius's own story about the position of a magazine rack inside the toilet where Reeva Steenkamp died. He said the rack was right next to the model and law graduate when she fell down, while the double-amputee athlete earlier testified it was farther away.

"So whatever the accused is saying, you're saying he is wrong?" prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel said incredulously.

"You're his witness!"

The position of objects in the cubicle is important to determine the 29-year-old's position behind the door when she was first hit, as well as how subsequent shots killed her.

- Dixon conceded that height measurements at the crime scene with a man on his knees were 20 centimetres (eight inches) shorter than Pistorius's height without his prostheses.

"The man's height is something I overlooked and omitted," he told the court.

- The former police forensics expert said Steenkamp was first hit in the hip, then her arm, finger and lastly her head, contradicting the state's analysis of the crime scene.

"It is most probable that the bullet hit her head as she was falling down," he said.

- The trial broke for the Easter break and will restart on May 5.


© 2014 AFP

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