Pistorius trial: Anaesthetist testifies

The defence has called Professor Christina Lundgren, an anaesthetist to the stand.

Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria during his murder trial on 8 May 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Day 28 of the Oscar Pistorius trial is currently underway in the High Court in Pretoria.

The athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Picture: Carte Blanche.

The defence called Professor Christina Lundgren, an anaesthetist to the stand.

Video: Pistorius's neighbour testifies.

In terms of qualifications, her PhD focused on deaths due to anaesthesia, and said factors such as sleeping, psychological disorders and some medication could delay gastric emptying.

Lundgren explained what may have delayed Steenkamp's gastric emptying.

"The meal may have contained insoluble fibre which would have delayed gastric emptying. She was a pre-menopausal woman. She performed yoga exercises that morning and the exercises delayed gastric emptying."

After more debate with Lundgren over her opinion on gastric emptying, and the findings of state pathologist Gert Saayman, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked for a 30-minute adjournment to prepare for the rest of cross-examination.

Saayman had previously told the court the food found in Steenkamp's stomach had been ingested no more than two hours prior to her death, which would mean she was up and awake at a time Pistorius's neighbour said she heard what sounded like a woman having an argument.