Relentless questioning of Pistorius continues

Oscar Pistorius is against the ropes once again as Gerrie Nel intensifies his cross-examination.

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his murder trial on 10 April 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - State prosecutor Gerrie Nel moved his cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius to the firearm-related charge dealing with an incident at Tashas restaurant in Melrose Arch.

Pistorius is facing a charge of premeditated murder after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Picture: Carte Blanche.

The athlete is also facing two separate firearm-related charges.


Nel made it quite clear that the Glock pistol, which was 'accidentally discharged' at Tashas, is a safety action pistol which can never be fired without someone's finger being on the trigger.

Picture: Pool.

According to its website, the Glock firearm has a unique triple safety mechanism.

The gun has no hammer and one has to pull the trigger to fire.

Nel even brought up the fact that ballistics expert Captain Chris Mangena also testified that it was impossible to discharge or fire the weapon without someone's finger being on the trigger.

He told Pistorius that even his own defence team had accepted Mangena's testimony on the safety of a Glock and did not cross-examine the ballistics expert on it.

But Pistorius, who accepted the safety aspect of the Glock, maintained he did not have his finger on the trigger.

Nel reiterated his point that Pistorius never accepted any responsibility for his actions and it was impossible for anyone but Pistorius to have fired the weapon at Tashas.


Earlier, Nel quizzed Pistorius over the WhatsApp messages between him and Steenkamp.

At one stage during the intense cross-examination, Nel referred to the message on 7 February 2013 in which Steenkamp said she didn't feel like a lady that evening.

Pistorius testified that he wanted to leave an event, but Steenkamp began talking to people and they ended up leaving 45 minutes later.

Nel then accused Pistorius of blaming Steenkamp even though in the messages it read that Pistorius was the one taking photos and having a chat to fans.

Video: Gerrie Nel begins his harsh cross-examination.

During the cross-examination, Nel continuously aim to proof that Pistorius was self-centred, selfish and never took responsibility for his actions.


Yesterday, Pistorius skirted questions about his intentions when he opened fire blindly through the toilet door, avoiding giving the court a direct answer.

The Blade Runner has testified that he shot Steenkamp as he thought she was an intruder, but Nel started pulling apart his version of events.

Pistorius would not be drawn into committing to a straightforward answer when asked what his intention was when he shot at the door.

"I didn't intend to shoot anyone. I fired my gun before I could think and before I could comprehend what was happening, because I thought someone was going to come out of the toilet.

The athlete has been accused of lying, rehearsing his answers and changing his story to fit new facts.

Nel's approach was likely aimed at unsettling Pistorius and extracting the truth from him

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Video: Oscar Pistorius gives his version of events.