Updates from Wednesday, April 9
A big day arrived in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, who finally faced questioning from the prosecution on Wednesday.
Pistorius denies a charge of premeditated murder against girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he claims he mistook for an intruder when he shot her dead on Valentine's Day 2013.
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Prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel wasted little time tearing into Pistorius, making him repeat the fact he had killed Steenkamp.
He also began probing the Paralympian about a video, during which Pistorius shoots a watermelon and then likens it to the explosion of a brain. Defence lawyer Barry Roux labelled the evidence an "ambush."
Sky News' Alex Crawford, BBC News' Andrew Harding and Eyewitness News' Barry Bateman reported Pistorius' key comments:
The judge eventually allowed the defence to view the video prior to the prosecution's examination, although Pistorius was not shown the video.
Nel resumed his line of questioning after the video was shown, pointing out that the explosion of the watermelon is the same as the impact Pistorius' gunfire had on Steenkamp's head:
Eyewitness News' Mandy Wiener attempted to capture the emotion of the courtroom:
Court adjourned for an emotionally distressed Pistorius, before Nel pursued his line of questioning:
Nel then pushed Pistorius on whether he had reconstructed his version of the night of the shooting, based on various statements:
Nel began probing discrepancies between Pistorius' bail statement and his court statement. He first focused on the number of fans mentioned by Pistorius, as well as his claim that he had to go out onto the balcony to bring the fan inside:
Following an adjournment for lunch, Prosecutor Nel quizzed Pistorius on his claims that the scene was tampered with.
Nel pushed Pistorius on how two fans could have been plugged in where the Paralympian claimed, when photos show there weren't enough available sockets to host two fans:
Nel then asked how Pistorius can describe it as an accident that he fired his gun four times, regardless of whether he was shooting at Steenkamp or an intruder:
At that stage, court adjourned for the day.
Defence lawyer Roux had earlier begun Wednesday's session by asking Pistorius to pick up from where he left off on Tuesday, describing the moment he realised it was Steenkamp he had shot inside the toilet cubicle:
Roux then asked Pistorius to clear up confusion over whether he was wearing his prosthetics when he hit the toilet door with the cricket bat.
He also addressed the alleged sound of gunshots heard by witnesses, which the Defence claims were caused by the cricket bat hitting the toilet door:
Crawford raised a question over Pistorius' testimony, after he claimed he can barely balance on his stumps:
Pistorius then demonstrated how he would kick and hit the door with a cricket bat, claiming the State's previously suggested techniques were not natural:
Roux then asked Pistorius to focus on witness statements not called by the State, from neighbours close to Pistorius' house, who say they did not hear Steenkamp scream.
Roux also highlighted that the State's witnesses claimed they saw Pistorius walk past the bathroom window, something they could not have seen had he not been wearing his prosthetic legs:
Updates from Tuesday, April 8
Oscar Pistorius returned to the stand on Day 18 of the trial into his shooting of Reeva Steenkamp, a day in which he emotionally recalled the night he killed his girlfriend.
Pistorius detailed the thoughts that ran through his head, and the reason he failed to realise it was Steenkamp, as he agonisingly walked the court through his memories of the tragic incident.
Pistorius claims he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder on Valentine's Day 2013, and he began Tuesday's examination by telling the defence about his relationship with Steenkamp, per BBC News' Andrew Harding:
Defence lawyer Barry Roux asked Pistorius to explain angry text messages between the pair, during which Steenkamp had said she was "scared" of him, per Sky News' Alex Crawford:
Pistorius claimed the fight was quickly resolved, per Eyewitness News' Barry Bateman, before he addressed another row with Steenkamp, which came after she had delayed his exit from a function:
Roux then had Pistorius read out several messages that showed he cared for Steenkamp's safety. He also spoke of the stress they both had to deal with in the public domain, as well as the fact his ex had cheated on him:
Bateman summed up the defence's aim as a lengthy list of loving messages were read out, including this one of Steenkamp showing Pistorius her new haircut, as shown by Jacaranda Newsteam:
Following an adjournment, Pistorius discussed claims made earlier in the case that he had fired a gun through a car sunroof at a traffic light. Pistorius disputed that story:
Pistorius' attention then turned to the restaurant incident, when he discharged a firearm accidentally. The Paralympian blamed former friend Darren Fresco for the incident:
Feb. 13, the night of Steenkamp's death, then became the focus. Pistorius described how they ate around 7 p.m., at which point his iPad usage stopped for the rest of the evening.
They discussed a contract she was working on before heading to the bedroom early:
Another brief adjournment saw Pistorius change into shorts and t-shirt, in order to show the court how he stands without prosthetics on:
Pistorius then resumed his account of the night in question, including the moment he heard the bathroom window open, something he mistook for an intruder:
Court adjourned for lunch, after which Pistorius spoke of the moment he shot through the door:
Court adjourned for the day due to the visible anguish of Pistorius:
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