Oscar faces another tough day in court

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius was expected back in the dock at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel was expected to continue with his cross-examination of the Paralympic athlete, who is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend, model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.

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Oscar Pistorius (centre) is escorted by police and unidentified relatives as he leaves the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on April 9, 2014. Picture: Themba Hadebe

On Wednesday, Nel swiftly reduced Pistorius to tears as he told him to take responsibility for killing her.

Using the screens around the court, Nel displayed a close-up photograph of the bullet wounds that Steenkamp sustained to her head and called on Pistorius to look at it.

“You killed a person, you killed Reeva Steenkamp, that's what you did... Say: 'I shot and killed her',” Nel said.

“Take responsibility for what you did. I know you don't want to see this, but look at it.”

Pistorius sobbed in protest: “I remember... My fingers touched her head, I do not have to look at a picture.”

Pistorius shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom at his home on Valentine’s Day last year.

He claims he mistook her for an intruder. - Sapa

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