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Prosecution says forensic expert hired by Pistorius is 'unqualified'

Published on Apr 16, 2014 10:21 PM
 

PRETORIA (AFP) - The prosecution on Wednesday derided a forensic expert hired by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, accusing him of being unqualified to testify and rubbishing his account of the circumstances of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's death.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel sought to prove that forensic geologist Roger Dixon was out of his depth when he was testifying about bruises on Ms Steenkamp's body and other key elements of the crime scene.

Mr Dixon, a university professor, told the court about the sound made by Pistorius's cricket bat hitting his toilet door, visibility in the star sprinter's bedroom and blood splatter. Under intense pressure from Mr Nel, Mr Dixon described himself as a "layman", a phrase the prosecutor seized on.

"You see Mr Dixon how irresponsible it is to try and be an expert on an area that you're not," said Mr Nel.

Oscas Pistorius (centre) leaves the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Pretoria. The prosecution on Wednesday derided a forensic expert hired by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, accusing him of being unqualified to testify and rubbishing his account of the circumstances of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's death. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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