Girlfriend’s autopsy details makes Pistorius puke

FPJ BureauUpdated: Saturday, June 01, 2019, 03:08 PM IST
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Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius vomited in court on Monday as he listened to harrowing expert testimony about the autopsy of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he is accused of murdering.Sitting in the dock, a clearly emotional Pistorius retched and heaved as University of Pretoria pathologist Gert Saayman gave an account of the multiple bullet wounds Pistorius admits inflicting.

Saayman — whose testimony the media has been banned from directly reporting — told the court how Steenkamp was struck four times with bullets from Pistorius’s nine millimetre pistol. Steenkamp was shot once on the top right of head, once in the right elbow and once in the right hip. She was also stuck in the webbing of her left hand.

The model and law graduate also sustained injuries from fragments of bullet, fragements of the door and fragments of her own bone.As the details were read out, the court was forced to adjourn as Pistorius broke down, his shoulders shaking.

“Mr Roux can you just attend to the accused, not sure what’s happening?” Judge Thokozile Masipa said addressing Pistorius’s lawyer.Pistorius’s aunt Lois took off her glasses, closing her eyes for an extended period. His coach Ampie Louw sat still staring at Saayman, as the sound of retching continued.

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