Pretoria - Double-amputee Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius went on trial Monday, accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a law graduate and model.
As his lawyers launched an aggressive defence on day one of the trial, tearing into a witness who claimed to have heard “bloodcurdling screams” as his girlfriend was killed, three questions could be key to the trial:
- Did the couple argue on the night of the shooting?
In his affidavit, Pistorius claimed the couple spent a quiet night at home. They ate dinner then Pistorius watched television while Steenkamp did yoga, before both fell asleep.
The prosecution is expected to challenge that account, calling on the testimony of neighbours who claim to have heard shouts and screams coming from the couple's house.