Pistorius defence 'scrambled' to secure witnesses

Susan Witterick said the athlete’s defence team briefed her and had her on standby to be in SA.

Advocate Barry Roux enters the High Court in Pretoria ahead of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on 9 May. 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - On the eve of the North Gauteng High Court's decision on Oscar Pistorius's fate, one of his defence team's potential expert witnesses has revealed their scramble to secure witnesses halfway through the trial.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is scheduled to deliver her ruling tomorrow, six months after the trial started.

Pistorius shot and killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year.

The a double-amputee says he fired through the door into the toilet cubicle in the mistaken belief he was defending himself from a burglar.

But the state believes he killed her in a fit of rage following an argument.

DBX Acoustic's Susan Witterick has revealed on her blog that she was contacted by Pistorius's defence team during the two-week long adjournment in April after defence expert Roger Dixon testified.

Witterick said the athlete's defence team briefed her and had her on standby to be in South Africa and in the witness box within two weeks.

She said in the end, the defence opted for South African based expert Ivan Lin.

Pistorius broke down frequently during the trial, often sobbing and vomiting into a bucket.

Steenkamp's dramatic death has shattered the image of Pistorius as an embodiment of triumph over adversity for both his Paralympic victories and his success against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 London Olympics.

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