Oscar trial quotes

Copy of South Africa Pistorius Trial~14 [1] AP Oscar Pistorius' family in court. Picture: THEMBA HADEBE

The trial of Oscar Pistorius continued in the Pretoria High Court on Monday. Below is a compilation of quotes of the day.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Mr and Mrs Steenkamp, to Reeva’s family.” – Pistorius.

“I would like to apologise and say there has been no moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family.” – Pistorius.

“I was simply trying to protect Reeva.” – Pistorius.

“My family has always believed in standing up for yourself.” – Pistorius.

“I smell blood and I wake up to be terrified.” – Pistorius.

“I wake up in a state of complete terror at the slightest noises.” – Pistorius.

“She didn’t ever want me to see my disability as something that should hold me back.” – Pistorius, testifying about his mother.

“She often got scared at night. We didn’t live in the best of areas. There was a lot of crime. She would call the police, call us to her room and we would wait for the police to arrive.” – Pistorius.

“In the month-and-a-half, My Lady… when my mother passed away when I was 15, I smoked dagga with a friend… I haven’t taken any substances since then.” – Pistorius.

“I don’t want anybody touching them… I’m a bit shy about them, a bit embarrassed about them when I don’t have them on.” – Pistorius on his prostheses.

“Everyone in South Africa at some point has been exposed to crime… My father has been hijacked twice. My brother was in an attempted hijacking.” – Pistorius.

“I’ve been followed home late at night. I’ve been shot at on the highway.” – Pistorius.

“I ended up receiving stitches at the back of my head.” – Pistorius on an assault at a function in December 2012.

“I’m not sure how much pain she felt… certainly instability.” – retired pathologist Jan Botha on Steenkamp.

“If the shots were fired in rapid sequence… I think it’s highly unlikely that she would have been able to call out.” – Botha.

“After the first shot… One can only imagine the emotions… fear, possibly pain…” – Botha.

“She would have been able to move. She hadn’t lost consciousness.” – Botha.

“Please, professor… are you thinking away the solid door?” – prosecutor Gerrie Nel to Botha.

“Professor, you’ve given evidence in lots of cases. I ask them (the questions), you answer them.” – Nel.

“Now you want to become a ballistics expert again.” – Nel to Botha.

“It is a matter of common sense.” – Botha.

“I’m not here to win the case… for the defence.” – Botha.

“I beg to differ.” – Nel.

“I have a difficulty with your version about screams.” – Nel.

“If it was fired over four seconds, I don’t think she would have had a chance to scream… I think she would have probably taken a couple of seconds to react.” – Botha.

“If there was an interval of several seconds… then I think she could have screamed.” – Botha.

“You would expect her to scream.” – Nel.

“I would.” – Botha.

“She might have been frozen with fear.” – Botha.

“If she was in mortal fear… she would have been crying…? It would have been likely…?” – Nel.

“If she was in mortal fear, yes.” – Botha.

“Both the State and the defence’s versions were that she was in fear.” – Nel.

“I think I’ve done enough, doctor. It doesn’t make sense at all.” – Nel to Botha.

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