The Oscar Pistorius murder trial got very tense when the prosecutor slammed the star witness who faced another day of grueling cross examination, following his testimony about the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013, when he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius — who has been visibly shaken throughout his trial — attempted to explain his actions, which resulted in the death of the woman he lived with at the time.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel basically accused the former Olympian with lying and inventing facts to suit his side of the story.
Nel repeatedly challenged Oscar Pistorius about his accounts of the events that led to the fatal shooting of his, then 30-year-old, girlfriend through a closed bathroom door in his Pretoria, South Africa home.
Prosecutors argue that Pistorius and Steenkamp got into a heated argument and he shot her in a fit of rage, as she screamed for help and tried to hide in the bathroom.
Pistorius claims he thought an intruder had broken in and believed that Steenkamp was asleep next to him, he wasn’t wearing his prosthetics and so he panicked and when he heard noises in the bathroom he grabbed his gun and shot at the door.
“I didn’t intend to shoot. My firearm was pointed at the door because that’s where I believed that somebody was. When I heard a noise, I didn’t have to think, and I fired — I fired my weapon. It was an accident.”
Nel didn’t buy it and hit Pistorius hard with his reply:
“Your version is so improbable that nobody would ever think that it was reasonably, possibly true.”
“You knew Reeva was behind the door, and you shot at her.”
To which Pistorius said in a low voice, “that is not true” and accepted that he had taken the safety lock from the gun and was ready to shoot, however, he testified that he didn’t want to take a life and yelled, at who he thought was the intruder, to get out of his home.
Nel pressed him saying he wanted to shoot, to which Pistorius explained that there is a “massive difference” between being ready for shooting and wanting to do it.
The prosecutor also said it was “not possible” that Reeva didn’t scream for help when Pistorius called her name, as she was only about three-yards away from him and added: “She wasn’t scared of anything except you. She wasn’t scared of an intruder. She was scared of you.”
Oscar Pistorius was an admired athlete in South Africa for overcoming the amputation of his legs as an infant and becoming the Blade Runner, as he was known because of the steel blades fitted to his prosthetics. The trial resumes on Monday and it’s expected to last until May.
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