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Pistorius breaks down under intense questioning

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:12

April 11 - Oscar Pistorius' three-day cross-examination reached a dramatic climax when a prosecutor challenged him repeatedly as to why his girlfriend failed to scream when she was shot four times through a toilet door. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A tough cross-examination brought Oscar Pistorius to tears on Friday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ATHLETE, OSCAR PISTORIUS, SAYING: (AUDIO ONLY - SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER PREVIOUS SHOT "Because this is the night I lost the person that I cared about... I don't know how people don't understand it." (WEEPS) A prosecutor repeatedly challenged Pistorius as to why his girlfriend - Reeva Steenkamp -- failed to scream when she was shot four times through a toilet door. Deemed one of South Africa's toughest attorneys, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Pistorius was "tailoring" during his cross-examination. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROSECUTOR, GERRIE NEL, SAYING: "I'm not convinced about your answer now, I think that you're trying to cover up for lies and I'm not convinced." Some local residents agree: (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRETORIA RESIDENT, DIPUO RAMPHULA, SAYING: "My opinion is that he's lying. I don't believe in what he's saying. I just believe that he must just go to jail. He deserves it." Under intense questioning, Pistorius was forced to concede that he may not have heard her cries because his ears were ringing from the first shot. Several people living nearby have testified to hearing a woman's terrified screams before -- and during -- the gunfire.

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Pistorius breaks down under intense questioning

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:12