11 March, 07:39

Oscar Pistorius feels nauseous during Reeva Steenkamp's autopsy report

Oscar Pistorius, a physically challenged sportsman from South Africa, who is charged of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, sobbed and vomited several times at the sixth day of his trial when the pathologist spoke about the bullets found in the girl’s body.

Pistorius, who had his lower legs amputated back in his babyhood, runs on carbon fiber prosthetic blades. At the London Olympic Games in 2012, Oscar Pustorius was the first physically challenged athlete to ever compete against able-bodied ones.

Pistorius insists on the version that his girlfriend, wanting to make a surprise to him, tried to get into his house through a window, but he took her for a burglar and shot at her.

According to Oscar’s version, at about 10 p.m., he and Reeva went to bed in his house. At about 3 a.m., he heard a noise which he took for a burglar’s intrusion.

If Oscar Pistorius is found guilty of killing the girl, he may face up to 25 years in prison.

Professor Gert Saayman, who conducted the autopsy, says that the girl’s body had 3 bullet wounds – in a hip, in an upper arm and in the head. At last two of these three wounds would have been fatal even if there were no two other ones, the professor claims. The wound in the arm was probably not dangerous, but the hip wound was such that the girl would most likely have died from it very quickly, and the wound in the head alone was enough to kill her immediately.

A lack of blood in the girl’s airways is evidence that she took only several breaths before dying of the head wound.

When Professor Saayman was saying that at the court, Pistorius was seating with his head in his hands, sobbing and vomiting several times, and his body was shaking.

This made Judge Thokozile Masipa interrupt the evidence twice. However, Pistorius’s barrister Barry Roux insisted that the accused was just “very emotional” but quite fit to continue. Some people found it surprising that Pistorius would react in such a way to the results of the pathologist’s investigation although he, most likely, already knew these details. Other people supposed that Oscar sat with his head down just to hide his face from cameras.

Pistorius was not the only person who reacted so emotionally to the details revealed by the pathologist. Desiree Myers, a close friend of the diseased, also sat with her head down and was comforted by her relatives. Reeva’s mother June Steenkamp was not in court.

Professor Saayman says that the bullets’ fragments extracted from the girl’s body are parts of percussion bullets known as Black Talon or Ranger.

The Black Talon bullets used to be manufactured by the Winchester company. In 2000, the company curtailed the production of bullets of this type, but another band of bullets, Ranger, which is still produced by Winchester, is very similar in design. Both are banned in many countries.

Judge Thokozile Masipa says that he wouldn’t mind it if the trial over Oscar Pistorius is highlighted by media, but strictly insists that there should be no live reportages.

Voice of Russia, smh.com.au

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