State prosecutor claims Oscar Pistorius knew Reeva Steenkamp was behind the toilet door when he fired four shots. Judge Masipa admonished Gerrie Nel for repeatedly calling Pistorius a liar in court.
Towards the end of Thursday’s proceedings, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel then began setting out the theory that Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp “were having an argument” before the shooting. Meanwhile, Steenkamp’s mother said she was “unmoved” by Pistorius’ public apology.
The creator of the Barry Roux parody rap has recorded a new rap song, this time from prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is currently cross-examining Oscar Pistorius in court.
Now that state prosecutor Gerrie Nel has the chance to cross-examine Oscar Pistorius, a much tougher side to the previously underestimated advocate has emerged. Meet the man tasked with tearing holes in the Paralympian’s testimony.
Gerrie Nel started his cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius by introducing a Sky News video of the athlete mentioning a zombie stopper after shooting a watermelon to pulp. The court was again briefly adjourned when Pistorius broke down after refusing to look at photo of Reeva Steenkamp’s head wounds.
Oscar Pistorius has been on the stand for two dramatic days so far, during which his testimony has twice been adjourned due to his emotional state.
Just as Oscar Pistorius’s testimony re-started today, his ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor – who testified against him in March – tweeted: “Last lies you get to tell. You better make it worth your while.” She claimed he shot a gun through a car’s sunroof but today he denied the incident ever happened. Pistorius said fear drove him to shoot through the toilet door that night and sobbed hysterically as he described cradling a dying Reeva Steenkamp.
After week-long adjournment, the Oscar Pistorius trial resumed with the murder accused taking the witness stand. Pistorius said he ‘was simply trying to protect Reeva.’ He promised her family that ‘when she went to bed that night she felt loved’. He also said he has suffered from insomnia and terrible nightmares since that fatal night.
Oscar PIstorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has taken the witness stand to give his version of the events of 14 February 2013.
It was anticipated that Oscar Pistorius would take the witness stand in court on Friday – but now the trial has been adjourned after one of the court assessors took ill.
A murder trial may be a serious subject but the quirkier moments of the Oscar Pistorius court case have nonetheless resulted in some inspired satire. We bring you ten of the best parodies about defence laywer Barry Roux.
Defence barrister Barry Roux attempts to suggest Oscar Pistorius had good reason to fear burglars, as prosecutor Gerrie Nel wraps up states’s case against the athlete.
There were 35,654 pages worth of messages obtained from Oscar Pistorius’ iPhone, but only four messages out of more than 1,700 were found to demonstrate that he and Reeva Steenkamp had argued.
A series of mobile phone messages obtained by the state appears to reveal the extent to which Oscar Pistorius’ jealousy frequently caused problems in his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius in the dock, Nkandlagate and now the trial of British murder suspect Shrien Dewani, who will finally be extradited to South Africa in April after a long battle. But will the inevitable international attention make or break the world’s faith in South Africa?
Responding to the defence’s claims that the screaming voice was that of Oscar Pistorius, witness and neighbour Anette Stipp said that the screaming voice was “definitely female”, that she had heard two voices and that “there were differences in the pitches of the two voices.”
Three weeks into the Oscar Pistorius trial, we look at how the evidence has stacked up against the athlete so far.
Is the Oscar Pistorius case simply running ahead of schedule or does the state have new and conclusive “smoking gun” evidence? Alternatively, has the state’s case faltered to the point that the prosecutor is ready to admit defeat?
Assessors Themba Mazibuko and Janet Henzen-du Toit are there to help Judge Masipa decide whether Oscar Pistorius is guilty or not. But they can only overrule her on the facts.
Oscar Pistorius’s property in the gated Silverwoods estate in Pretoria is worth R5 million. But who would be willing to live in the home where Reeva Steenkamp died?
Author of firearms test as well as Oscar Pistorius’ gun coach raise concerns about the Olympian’s conduct.
Oscar Pistorius passed several tests on when not to shoot intruders, his gun supplier said. Day eleven of the trial added to the picture of the South African athlete as an avid gun collector.
If not found guilty of premeditated murder Pistorius will still face a charge of culpable homicide or even up to 15 years in jail if found guilty of either gross negligence or other firearm charges.
Barry Roux, the defence lawyer for Oscar Pistorius, has quickly garnered an international reputation because of his fearsome style of cross-examination. But there is also a softer side to the legal eagle…
During the second week of the Oscar Pistorius trial, evidence has come to light creating more questions over the quality of the police work in the investigation, as well as the conditions South African police are expected to perform under.