Timeline of Oscar’s court case

On Thursday, it will be 157 days since Oscar Pistorius stepped into the North Gauteng High Court’s courtroom GD for his murder trial. OMPHITLHETSE MOOKI looks at some of the main points of the case so far.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel. Credit: AP

He tells the court Pistorius was on his stumps when he bashed the door with a cricket bat but gets grilled under cross- examination for failing to test Pistorius’ prosthetic legs to verify his version that he had kicked the door, and for also overlooking marks on the door – the sock fibre embedded on the door.

This after dropping another bombshell days earlier – “When I turned around another forensic guy had the gun in his hands without gloves. I asked him, ‘What are you doing?’ “

“There hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family. When I wake up you are the first people I think of and pray for. I can’t imagine the pain, emptiness and sorrow I caused your family. I was simply trying to protect Reeva. I can promise when she went to bed that night she felt loved. I tried to put my thoughts on paper, but no words would ever suffice,” he said.

He speaks of his depression, how he takes a cocktail of drugs to be able to sleep: “I have terrible nightmares about things that happened that night. When I wake up I can smell blood. I wake up terrified.”