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Prosecutor to Pistorius: Did Reeva scream when you shot her?

Published on Apr 11, 2014 9:00 PM
 
South African Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (centre) leaves the North Gauteng Hight Court in Pretoria on April 11, 2014, during his ongoing murder trial. Oscar Pistorius' three-day cross-examination reached a dramatic climax on Friday when a prosecutor challenged the double-amputee sprinter repeatedly as to why his girlfriend failed to scream when she was shot four times through a toilet door -- PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (REUTERS) - Oscar Pistorius' three-day cross-examination reached a dramatic climax on Friday when a prosecutor challenged the double-amputee sprinter repeatedly as to why his girlfriend failed to scream when she was shot four times through a toilet door.

In an electric exchange in the Pretoria High Court, Mr Gerrie Nel, one of South Africa's top attorneys, said it was beyond belief that 29-year-old law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp would have remained silent in the tiny cubicle with an armed Pistorius shouting and screaming in the adjoining bathroom.

Pistorius, who says he fired at what he thought was an intruder, said Ms Steenkamp did not scream at any point in the incident in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013 - a central pillar of his defence.

However, under withering questioning, the 27-year-old track star was forced to concede that he may not have heard her cries because of his ears ringing from the first shot.

 
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