Nel: Pistorius's version can't be true

The focus of Gerrie Nel’s cross-examination will be to prove that Pistorius's version is not true.

Oscar Pistorius is escorted into the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his murder trial on 14 April 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has asked murder accused Oscar Pistorius if Reeva Steenkamp wanted to leave on the night that he shot her, as clothes in his bedroom indicated that this was the case.

The athlete denied the allegations as well as suggestions that the pair had an argument prior to the shooting.

It's exactly one week since Pistorius took to the stand to give his version of events to the court, and while he maintains it was just an accident when he shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, the state has revealed that it will show the couple argued before the shooting.

The prosecutor, who is also known as the 'bull terrier', has continued to analyse evidence from Pistorius's bedroom, focusing on a pair of slip-slops left next to the bed.

The athlete replied, "That's not correct my lady that's untrue."

Nel continued, "and that there was an argument."

Pistorius said, "That's not true my lady."

He began with a question on whether Steenkamp was a very neat person.

The accused replied, "In some sense, she was."

Nel then referred to Steenkamp's neatly packed overnight bag.

"The only thing out of place was the jeans. Why?"

Pistorius had no explanation for this question.

Nel asked, "Why would Reeva leave her sandals on the left if she knew she would sleep on the right?"

The athlete explained that he was sleeping on the left because of the problem with his shoulder.

"Reeva would wear the sandals when she went downstairs, maybe the tiles were cold."

But Nel was quick and asked, "Isn't it that Reeva wanted to leave your house, and that is why the jeans are out of place? It's the state's case that she wanted to leave."

He went on asking, "Can you explain the food in Reeva's stomach? That is devastating for your version that eight hours later there is still food there."

The Paralympian could not explain why.

Nel also asked Pistorius to explain why Steenkamp's stomach contents contradicted his testimony that they had eaten the evening before.

Nel asked, "Do you have an explanation of the stomach contents of the deceased?

Pistorius replied, "I don't my lady."

Nel replied, "That is, as far as your case is concerned, devastating for your version."

Last week, Nel focused on a fan in the balcony doorway, a duvet on the floor and the position of a pair of jeans.

Pistorius is accused of murdering Steenkamp at his luxury Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year.

He is also facing two separate firearm-related charges and one of illegal possession of ammunition.

The 27-year-old athlete pleaded not guilty to all charges on the first day of his trial on 3 March.


After some questions about Steenkamp eating at 2am and the neighbour hearing a woman speak at that time, Nel moved on to whether the fan was in front of the bed.

He asked why defence advocate Barry Roux never questioned the movement of the fan from in front of the bed, as opposed to in front of the door.

"It was never your version prior to cross-examination that the fan was in front of the bed."

The prosecutor brought in testimony from Colonel Schoombie van Rensburg, who was the first policeman to enter the room, that the tripod fan was moved.

Pistorius could not give a straight answer on van Rensburg's testimony that the fan was moved.


Nel moved on to the blue LED amplifier light which Pistorius claimed was a distraction.

"I will show you that this meant the amplifier was switched on."

After zooming in on the picture, it shows a second blue light on the amplifier.

"Did that also bother you?"

The accused said, "The other blue light is not as bright. This picture you are showing me was taken during the day."

The 'Bull Terrier' told Pistorius, "You have to create time, build a time gap. That's why you invented this 'blue light bothering you' theory.

"The amplifier display panel was also on and if you were worried about light you'd be worried about the whole unit."

A picture on the screens showed the TV in the bedroom which has a bright red LED light.

But Pistorius said this did not bother him.

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