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Prosecutor grills Pistorius defense witness

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:11

April 16 - The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial challenges the credibility of a defense witness who admits some of his observations were was based on layman's methods. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial challenged the credibility of a defense witness on Wednesday. Prosecutor Gerrie Nell scrutinized testimony given by this man, geologist Roger Dixon. Dixon had told the court he did audio tests to check if the sound of a bat hitting a locked door could sound much like a bullet being fired. Pistorius is charged with shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, last year from behind a bathroom door in his Pretoria home. Neighbors have testified hearing gunshots from Pistorius' home, but the defense say it was the former track star swinging a bat at the door to reach his shot girlfriend. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROSECUTOR, GERRIE NEL, SAYING: "All you did was you hit the cricket bat, you hit a door with a bat." (SOUNDBITE)(English) FORENSICS EXPERT, ROGER DIXON, SAYING: "That is so, my lady." Dixon also gave testimony on visibility during the shooting, but Nell put that, too, under scrutiny, suggesting the witness wasn't expertly qualified to make such testimony. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROSECUTOR, GERRIE NEL, SAYING: "Your analysis of visibility in the dark, did that require any expert skill?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORENSICS EXPERT, ROGER DIXON, SAYING: "My lady, the instruments I used there were my eyes, it's what is visible." But the defense, too, pushed back on Wednesday. It said the prosecution's theory that Steenkamp was behind the door when the first bullet struck just couldn't be true. Defense attorney Barry Roux suggested the prosecution's theory requires a magic bullet. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEFENSE LAWYER, BARRY ROUX, SAYING: "Can it go from 'F' to the back of the deceased by changing direction from downwards to upwards and then go up and back into the toilet?" (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORENSICS EXPERT, ROGER DIXON, SAYING: "My lady, not in the world that I live in. It's, I won't say it's improbable, I say it's impossible, logically it cannot happen." Pistorius insists the shooting was an accident and that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder,. He faces life in prison if convicted of murder. The trial continues on Thursday before taking a short Easter break.

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Prosecutor grills Pistorius defense witness

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 02:11