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Pistorius smashed toilet door with bat, expert says

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 01:10

March 12 - Double amputee Oscar Pistorius was standing on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend, a South African police forensic expert said, countering Pistorius' assertion he was wearing his prosthetic legs at the time. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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The Oscar Pistorius murder trial continues in a South African court. Wielding a cricket bat, a police forensic expert said Pistorius was likely on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend. Police colonel Johannes Vermeulen said the angle of the marks on the door, and on the bat, could only have been made by someone much shorter than him - standing without his prosthetics. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WITNESS FROM THE SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS UNIT OF THE POLICE'S FORENSIC DEPARTMENT, COLONEL JOHANNES GERHARD VERMEULEN, SAYING: "I just mention it as a side note to him that the marks on the door is actually consistent with him not having his legs on. I suspect it must be similar to the, to the height he was when he fired the shots." But Pistorius claims he was wearing them at the time. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her through a locked toilet door on Valentine's Day last year. Prosecutors want to prove that it was premeditated killing. But Pistorius says he was defending himself from what he thought was an intruder. And says he felt extremely vulnerable because of his disability.

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Pistorius smashed toilet door with bat, expert says

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 01:10