Pathologist lists Reeva’s wounds

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Oscar Pistorius (left) cries as he speaks to his lawyer, Barry Roux, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on March 10, 2014. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko

Johannesburg - Oscar Pistorius's murder trial continues in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday following an emotional sixth day.

The “Blade Runner” cried and retched in court on Monday as he listened to findings from the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot and killed on Valentine’s Day last year.

Pathologist Gert Saayman told the court that Steenkamp was shot with expanding bullets designed to cause maximum tissue damage.

He described bullet wounds in Steenkamp’s head and hip, as well as bruises to her back, buttocks and breast and suggested some of the injuries were caused by wood splinters from the bathroom door through which the shots were fired.

Saayman’s testimony was twice interrupted by the sound of Pistorius weeping and gagging.

The pathologist was the first witness in the trial whose testimony was not broadcast live on television after he objected, saying it would rob Steenkamp of her dignity.

The trial continues with Saayman on the stand. - Sapa

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