Nel confident Pistorius will be found guilty

Oscar Pistorius was excused after spending seven gruelling days in the witness box.

Oscar Pistorius closes his eye as he sits in the dock after testifying at the High Court in Pretoria on 15 April 2014.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's conduct during Reeva Steenkamp's dying moments came under scrutiny during the final phase of his cross-examination on Tuesday.

Pistorius was excused after spending seven gruelling days in the witness box.

State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel is confident the High Court in Pretoria will find the athlete guilty of murder.

Pistorius maintained he shot Steenkamp by accident, but the state says he knew exactly where she was when he opened fire.

Picture: Carte Blanche.

State prosecutor Gerrie 'bull terrier' Nel questioned why the Paralympian and Olympian athlete stopped his frantic screaming when he finally managed to break down the toilet door and reach his girlfriend.

Picture: Pool.

"When I saw her body there I was broken and overcome with sadness. So I wouldn't have screamed out."

Nel said the athlete claimed that he stopped screaming to fit his version to the witness testimony.

Pistorius said he had spoken to Steenkamp as she was dying.

"I was speaking to her the whole time and I kept saying 'baby please hold on, Jesus please help me'. I was praying for her."

He maintained he never consciously pulled the trigger on his firearm.

Video: Gerrie Nel concludes cross-examination.


Pistorius's defence on Tuesday launched a counter-attack after the scathing cross-examination.

The police's handling of the bedroom and bathroom was scrutinised, with a forensic geologist saying leaving shoe prints at a crime scene was "most unprofessional".

Roger Dixon took the court through Steenkamp's last moments, calling into question sections of the police investigation.

"Shooting a bullet through the door will never give you the exact same result because of the structure of the door, the wood grain, variations in angles and force."

Dixon said he conducted his own tests to establish whether the sound of a bat hitting a meranti door sounded anything like a gunshot.

Defence advocate Barry Roux asked that the recordings of these tests be played in court.

He embarked on an uphill battle after Nel picked apart Pistorius's version of events.

Roux argued that the noise some neighbours believe were gunshots were in fact the bat hitting against the door.

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Video: Pistorius's version is improbable.