Video: Pistorius case tested –

Video: Pistorius case tested – cricket bat on door vs gunshot

An American ‘crime scene analyst’ tests the theory put forward by Oscar Pistorius’s defence team that ‘willow on meranti’ (a cricket bat hitting the bathroom door) could sound similar to a gunshot.

Video: Pistorius case tested –

Last week in the Oscar Pistorius trial, the accused’s lawyer Barry Roux suggested to several of Pistorius’s neighbours that the sounds they heard on the night of the shooting were not in fact gun shots but the sound of him breaking down the bathroom door with a cricket bat, having realised he had accidentally shot Reeva Steenkamp. Each state witness was convinced, having heard gunfire before, that they heard ‘four or five’ gunshots — but Roux claimed ‘willow on meranti’ could in fact sound very similar to a firearm.

An American called Jason Alexander, who describes himself as a ‘crime scene analyst’ decided to put this claim to the test. Although the conditions are by no means identical; Alexander’s test is conducted outdoors in a field, during the day, while Pistorius shot Steenkamp indoors, at night, the result is quite fascinating.