Physician: Pistorius intended to shoot

Professor Wayne Derman made the concession during cross-examination in the Pretoria court.

Oscar Pistorius is accompanied by his brother Carl as they head to the High Court chambers in Pretoria following day 38 of the athlete's murder trial. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius's physician on Monday conceded the athlete intended to shoot, despite insisting that he was in a vulnerable state on Valentine's Day last year.

The 27-year-old is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria East.

He claims he mistook her for an intruder, while the state maintains he shot her in cold blood.

Professor Wayne Derman on Monday told the North Gauteng High Court that due to his disability, the Olympian and Paralympian chose to approach the perceived danger because he was on his stumps and couldn't flee.

The defence witness spent three days on the stand trying to convince the Pretoria court that Pistorius was an anxious individual who was startled by three sounds - the window in the bathroom, the toilet door closing and the magazine rack in the cubicle.

Derman insists that disabled people are more prone to attacks than able-bodied people.

When Pistorius felt he was in danger, he went into a "fight-or-flight" mode, the professor last week told the court.

During gruelling cross-examination, the professor conceded to Pistorius's intent.

"From what I understand, my lady, it was his intention to shoot. I have nothing further, thank you my lady," Derman added.

State advocate Gerrie Nel maintains the expert is biased and his findings subjective.


As the murder trial nears its end, Steenkamp's parents said they've forgiven the athlete.

June and Barry Steenkamp spoke to British magazine _Hello! _while Pistorius was being assessed at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.

The tabloid features the couple snuggling on the beach with the scattered ashes of their daughter.

June says she still feels her daughter's presence and talks to her all the time.

But she believes Reeva will only rest in peace once the trial is over.

June says while she's forgiven him, she's determined to face Pistorius in court to reclaim Reeva.

Barry said he wished he'd intervened and stopped Reeva from seeing Pistorius, but realised his daughter wouldn't have accepted such intervention in her life.

It appears likely the defence will close its case on Tuesday and prepare for closing arguments.

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