Oscar Pistorius trial, toilet door set up in court room

AP
Published Mar 12, 2014, 7:19 pm IST
Updated Apr 8, 2019, 6:06 pm IST
The brown toilet cubicle door through which Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend has been set up in the courtroom
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Pretoria: The brown toilet cubicle door through which Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend has been set up in the courtroom at the athlete's murder trial, suggesting prosecutors will attempt to recreate his shooting of Reeva Steenkamp a year ago.
 
Pistorius, lead defense lawyer Barry Roux and court officials gathered around the door ahead of Wednesday's proceedings, examining what appeared to be bullet holes marked with white tags in the wood.
 
Pistorius, the world-famous double-amputee runner, is on trial for murder for firing four times through the door in a bathroom at his home on Feb 14 last year, hitting Steenkamp three times and killing her. 
 
The athlete had previously said that he shot her by mistake thinking she was a dangerous intruder hiding in a toilet cubicle. Prosecutors maintain Pistorius shot Steenkamp intentionally.
Earlier a friend testified in the court how the Paralympian had fired a gun through a sunroof and again inside a crowded restaurant.

"We had been to the shooting range before and I knew he had a big love of weapons," said Darren Fresco in his testimony during the South African sprinter's trial for shooting dead his girlfriend. 

He faces a fourth charge of illegal possession of unlicensed ammunition. 

 

Fresco was with Pistorius when he fired a gun through the sunroof of a moving car in 2012. Pistorius shot at a traffic light after a row with traffic police. Fresco and Pistorius's then-girlfriend Samantha Taylor were also in the car.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times with a nine millimetre pistol on Valentine's Day last year in what prosecutors charge was premeditated murder and he says was an accident.

The 29-year-old model and aspiring actress was hit once in the top right of her head, once in the right elbow and once in the right hip. She was also struck in the webbing of her left hand. 

 

 

 

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