Pistorius Trial: Prosecutors Use Lasers To Reconstruct Reality

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As the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius entered its 29th day, prosecutors have used lasers to reconstruct the moment his girlfriend was shot dead.

Judge Thokozile Masipa and lawyers huddled around the bathroom door through which Reeva Steenkamp was shot, as a court official used a spray to reveal the laser light.

Gerrie Nel, for the state, was attempting to show the trajectory taken by one of the bullets fired by Pistorius on Valentine’s Day last year.

Earlier, the 27-year-old athlete sat with his head in his hands as ballistics expert Thomas Wolmarans spoke in detail about the wounds Ms Steenkamp suffered.

The witness also talked about the bullet fragments found in the bathroom of the Paralympian’s home on a luxury development in Pretoria.

During cross-examination, Mr Wolmarans admitted altering one of his reports but insisted the only changes he made were grammatical corrections.

Asked exactly what he had changed, however, he replied: “I can’t remember.”

Mr Wolmarans also revealed he supervised a sound test involving a gun and the cricket bat Pistorius says he used to break down the bathroom door, even though he is not an expert in the field and has tinitus, a ringing noise in the ear.

 

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