Pistorius trial: Cross-examination to continue

Advocate Barry Roux will continue cross-examining witness Michelle Burger in day two of the trial.

Advocate Barry Roux will continue cross-examining witness Michelle Burger in day two of the trial. Picture: POOL.

PRETORIA - Paralympian gold medalist Oscar Pistorius will be back for day two of his murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria this morning, and the conduct of former police investigator Hilton Botha will be under the spotlight.

This emerged on a drama-filled day one of the athlete's trial which saw the defence tearing through the testimony of the state's first witness, Michelle Burger.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria-East home on Valentine's Day last year.

Burger, who lives near Pistorius's Silver Woods Estate home, detailed how she heard a woman's "blood-curdling" screams and shots coming from Pistorius's house.

Advocate Barry Roux will continue cross-examining Burger today.

He says she might not have heard gunshots because she was sleeping at the time, and perhaps heard the cricket bat that was used to break down the bathroom door.

But Burger stuck to her story.

"My lady, I know I heard four shots being fired that morning."

She maintains that she heard a woman screaming, followed by gun shots and then more screaming.

HILTON BOTHA'S CONDUCT TO BE QUESTIONED

The conduct of Botha is likely to come back to haunt the defence in the trial.

When reading Pistorius's plea explanation into the record, advocate Kenny Oldwage said they will show that the police contaminated, disturbed and tampered with the crime scene.

He was referring to the claim which emerged in the bail application that Botha entered the athlete's house without the required shoe coverings.

It's understood the defence will lead more evidence to try show the court that evidence was tampered with.

The athlete says he mistakenly believed Steenkamp was an intruder who posed an imminent threat to both himself and the woman he loved.

Pistorius says at the time of the accident he and Steenkamp were in a loving relationship.

Meanwhile, the athlete pleaded not guilty to the murder and to three gun-related charges.

Pistorius maintained his composure throughout proceedings.

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