Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux has set his murder trial alight with bruising questioning of State witnesses. Behind the bluster lie a few basic, long-used techniques of cross-examination.
No matter how irrelevant or esoteric, Roux is quick to pounce on inconsistencies in a witness’s testimony or compared to that of others. Whatever the issue, the aim is the same – to discredit them. “Did you hear three gunshots or two-or-three gunshots?”
Do you really know what you know?
Vagueness in testimony is equally seized upon in Roux’s cross-examination. If a witness lacks an accurate recollection about one thing, perhaps they can’t be sure of anything.