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Oscar Pistorius trial: Defence questions pathologist claims

Published on Mar 11, 2014 7:43 PM
 
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius attends his ongoing murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court on March 11, 2014, in Pretoria. Pistorius's defence lawyers on Tuesday probed a pathologist's explosive testimony that Reeva Steenkamp ate hours before she was killed, a claim that again put the Paralympian's version of events in doubt. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius's defence lawyers on Tuesday probed a pathologist's explosive testimony that Reeva Steenkamp ate hours before she was killed, a claim that again put the Paralympian's version of events in doubt.

Forensic pathologist Gert Saayman told the murder trial - now in its second week - that Pistorius's girlfriend ate at about 1:00 am, roughly two hours before her Valentine's Day death last year.

That contradicts the South African star sprinter's claim that the pair were in bed asleep in his upmarket Johannesburg home for five hours before Ms Steenkamp was killed.

At around 3:00 am Pistorius shot the model and law graduate four times with a nine millimetre pistol in what prosecutors charge is premeditated murder but the double-amputee athlete says was an accident.

 
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