Pistorius vomits as pathologist testifies

Oscar Pistorius vomited loudly as pathologist, Gert Saayman, began his testimony.

An emotional Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria during his murder trial on 10 March 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius is visibly emotional today after the state called its tenth witness, Professor Gert Saayman, who conducted a post-mortem on Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius vomited loudly as Saayman began his testimony.

Defence advocate Barry Roux called for an adjournment to allow his client to compose himself.

After the adjournment, Pistorius continued throwing up in court.

Pistorius sat with his head bowed, his hands over his ears, and his fingers locked behind his head.

A visibly distraught Oscar Pistorius talks to his Advocate Barry Roux. Picture: Pool.

During the adjournment, his relatives headed to the dock where they prayed with him.

Pistorius was comforted by his sister Aimee, while others huddled around him and held his hand.

He broke down and buried his head in his hands when the court was told that Saayman's evidence would be too graphic to publicise.

Saayman described in graphic detail the entry and exit wounds that Steenkamp sustained.

He says they were caused by irregularly shaped projectiles.


Earlier today, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled in favour of an application for all live broadcasts including the use of Twitter, be switched off for the duration of Saayman's testimony.

Click here to listen to the application, all submissions and ruling.

Steenkamp was shot in the arm, head and thigh.

Last week, witness Johan Stipp confirmed to the court it would have been impossible for Steenkamp to scream given the severity of her head wounds.

This morning, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the testimony of the pathologist would be extremely graphic.

"This is not an issue of media freedom, but about the rights and dignity of the deceased. Thus it will not be right for the whole wide world to hear."

The application was strongly supported by Pistorius's defence team.

Masipa said the ban would stand for the duration of today's proceedings until she made a full ruling tomorrow.