(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Pistorius faces brutal cross-examination over Steenkamp killing
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - 01:43
(WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE) April 9 - Dramatic cross-examination includes Pistorius video on a shooting range and gruesome photo of Reeva Steenkamp's head wound. Mana Rabiee reports.
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Oscar Pistorius arrived at this South Africa court on Wednesday to give his third day of testimony in his murder trial.
And to walk into this...
Some very difficult cross examination.
During a day of dramatic testimony, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel confronted Pistorius with this gruesome photo.
It shows the head of Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, after he'd shot her in the skull.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PROSECUTOR GERRIE NEL, SAYING:
"Have a look there, I know you don't want to because you don't want to take responsibility, but it's time that you look at it , take responsibility for what you've done, Mr. Pistorius"
Pistorius admits to shooting Steenkamp in his home on Valentine's Day last year, but insists he mistook her for an intruder.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ATHLETE, OSCAR PISTORIUS, SAYING: (AUDIO ONLY - SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER FOLLOWING PICTURE OF STEENKAMP HEAD AND STEENKAMP MOTHER)
"I have taken responsibility, but I will not look at the picture where I am tormented by what I saw and felt that night, as I picked Reeva up, my fingers touched her head, I remember, I don't have to look at the picture, I was there."
Pistorius was also confronted with video showing him firing at a watermelon on a shooting range.
The prosecution said Pistorius wanted to see what a bullet hitting a person's head would look like.
And earlier, Pistorius recounted the frantic moments after the shooting, as he waited for an ambulance to arrive.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ATHLETE, OSCAR PISTORIUS, SAYING: (AUDIO ONLY - SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER FOLLOWING SEVEN SHOTS)
"I had my fingers in her mouth to help her try breathe, I had my hand on her hip, I was trying to stop the bleeding."
With no direct witnesses, the prosecution's main task is to pick holes at Pistorius testimony, that he was shooting an intruder.
If convicted of murder, the double-amputee Olympic sprinter faces life in prison.
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