Oscar Pistorius flounders under grilling on ‘improbable’ testimony
Oscar Pistorius has denied that his girlfriend was standing behind a door talking to him when he shot and killed her, during a floundering performance under cross-examination in his trial in Pretoria.
In a rare intervention that is likely to worry the defence, at one point the judge, Thokozile Masipa, asked Pistorius why he was making mistakes on the stand.
The prosecutor Gerrie Nel gradually zeroed in on the critical moment when the athlete crept into his bathroom with a 9mm pistol and shot four times. Forensic experts have testified that Reeva Steenkamp was probably standing behind the locked toilet cubicle door when she was hit by the first bullet, then fell backwards. Full story
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