On the second day of the Oscar Pistorius trial a key witness has broken down as she stuck to her story regarding the screams she heard from the home of Pistorius on the night he shot Reeva Steenkamp.
“It was awful to hear the shouts before the shots,” Dr Michelle Burger a University lecturer said. “When I am in the shower I relive her shouts.”
Earlier Pistorius had been reduced to silent tears when his barrister, Barry Roux, told the court how Miss Steenkamp was shot in the head.
The barrister was reading medical evidence on the shooting.
Mr Roux said it was physically impossible for Reeva to scream, given the final bullet had struck her in the head, puncturing her brain.
The SMH reports “The court heard how the first bullet fired by Pistorius struck Ms Steenkamp in the right thigh and the second missed her and instead lodged in the bathroom wall.
A third shot struck her in the shoulder, while the fourth struck her head. It’s understood there is a dispute between the parties as to the order of the bullets.
“That total impact of [the] shots would not have allowed her to scream,” he said. “With the head shot she would have dropped down immediately.”
day one: The trial has begun in South Africa with Oscar Pistorius pleading not guilty to murdering his girlfriend.
The first witness to give evidence Michelle Burger, said she and her husband were awoken at around 3am by “bloodcurdling screams’’ coming from the Pistorius home in an up-market Johannesburg gated community.
“She screamed terribly and she yelled for help,’’ Ms Burger said “It was something you can’t explain to someone else, how anxious those screams were.’’
“Just after her screams, I heard shots, four shots,’’ she said, describing one clear shot then three clustered together.
“Bang bang, bang, bang.’’
“I heard petrified screaming before the gunshots, and just after the gunshots,’’ she said when pressed by Pistorius’s lawyer.
One year and two weeks ago double amputee Oscar Pistorius fired four shots into his closed bathroom door.
His girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp was on the other side. She was shot dead.
Today what is touted as the ‘trial of the century’ begins in the North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria in South Africa.