Pistorius steps down from the stand

After almost a week of cross-examination, Oscar Pistorius has stepped down from the stand.

After almost a week of cross-examination, Oscar Pistorius has stepped down from the stand. Picture: POOL.

PRETORIA - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius will breathe a sigh of relief now that he has stepped down from the stand.

After a brief re-examination by advocate Barry Roux from his defence team, Pistorius was thanked by Judge Thokozile Masipa for his assistance and told to step down.

Pistorius endured almost a week of relentless cross-examination by state prosecutor Gerrie 'bull terrier' Nel.

But the doom and gloom might not be over as Roux now has the mammoth task of plugging holes in Pistorius's defence which were created by Nel.

Pistorius went against the ropes one too many times as Nel pushed him for answers and even showed the court that Pistorius might have tailored his evidence during cross-examination.

Nel ripped apart his testimony and brought to light too many questions which were either left unanswered or evaded by Pistorius.

Picture: Pool.

Pistorius is on trial for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp during the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.

The athlete is also facing two separate firearms-related charges and one of illegal possession of ammunition.

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He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges and claims he shot Steenkamp by accident as he had mistaken her for an intruder.


Earlier, Roux referred to the cross-examination record where Pistorius described hearing the door slamming shut.

Picture: Pool.

Pistorius apologised to the court after Nel questioned him because he was confused by the way it was put to him.

"What it means by an accident - the situation as a whole, it was not meant to be. I was terrified, extremely fearful, felt vulnerable, feeling of helplessness."

Roux asked, "Did you consciously pull the trigger?"

The athlete said no, but before he could think, he pulled the trigger.

Roux then referred to photo 69 which was a picture of the duvet spread out on the floor of the room.

Pistorius described the jeans as no longer inside out as in a previous picture.

He said he gave his bail affidavit before he had access to the case files.


Roux then handed Pistorius a Valentine's Day card and letter from Steenkamp.

Picture: Carte Blanche.

The Paralympian, while filled with emotion, read out the contents of the card, "I think today is a good day to say I love you".

With that, Roux concluded his brief re-examination.

For clarification purposes, the court assessor asked two questions.

"Did Reeva have access to the alarm remote and was the toilet light working?"

Pistorius said she did have access to the alarm remote and the light in the toilet was not working.

Judge Masipa then asked about the door and frame in the court, which Roux said was a replica.

Picture: Pool.

The defence will continue with its case and Roux said his next witness was available, but wanted time to consult.

The matter was adjourned until 12:15.

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