Oscar trial: 'Harsh' cross-examination allowed

The state has objected to the ‘harsh’ line of cross-examination by the defence.

Oscar Pistorius on the second day of his murder trial in Pretoria on 4 March 2014 at the North Gauteng High Court. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Defence advocate Barry Roux continues to scrutinise state witness Michelle Burger's statement about hearing gunshots from Oscar Pistorius's home on the day he killed Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has objected to Roux's cross-examination of what Burger said in her original police statement.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Nel says this is the second time he's had to object based on the interpretation of Afrikaans in the statement.

"One cannot read that one sentence in isolation. It's a full paragraph."

Nel says if the full paragraph is read, it explains Burger's version properly.

The state prosecutor believes Roux is putting words into Burger's mouth, but the judge says Burger is able to deny whatever Roux says.

Nel has objected to Roux's line of questioning, but the judge says this is the nature of cross-examination.

But Roux still wants Burger to explain why she gave her statement the way she did.

Defence advocate Barry Roux.

Roux says he will call a witness to testify that it is not possible for Burger to have heard any screams from the locked toilet cubicle where Steenkamp was shot.

Burger had testified about anxious screams of a woman and a man before hearing shots.

But Roux has argued that this was in fact his client calling for help and breaking down the toilet door with a cricket bat.

He has further argued that it would not be possible for Burger, at more than 170m away, to hear emotion in the screams.

Roux challenged the state to test this.

The advocate earlier said that Burger had retrospective knowledge obtained from the media and friends, but was testifying as if it were knowledge obtained that fateful morning.

After a short adjournment for tea, cross-examination resumed with Roux bringing into question the striking similarities between Burger and her husband's statements.

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