Latest Oscar Pistorius News

  • Top pathologist hired by Pistorius won't testify
    Top pathologist hired by Pistorius won't testify Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A star pathologist hired by Oscar Pistorius told AFP on Thursday he will not testify at the athlete's murder trial, another blow for his defence after a week of savage cross-examination. More »

  • Pistorius trial adjourns until May, state mauls forensic expert
    Pistorius trial adjourns until May, state mauls forensic expert Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Siyabonga Sishi PRETORIA (Reuters) - The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Thursday until May 5 after the state wrapped up three days of punishing cross-examination of a forensic expert brought by the defence. Judge Thokozile Masipa granted the state's request for a postponement to avoid conflicts with other cases. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel - nicknamed "The Pitbull" for his aggressive style - tore into defence witness Roger Dixon, questioning his credibility and expertise. Pistorius, 27, is on trial for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot dead with four rounds from a 9mm pistol on Valentine's Day last year in his plush Pretoria house. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Trial: Judge Rebukes Court for 'Circus-style' Booing, …
    Oscar Pistorius Trial: Judge Rebukes Court for 'Circus-style' Booing, … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius trial watchers engaging in "unruly" behaviour got a withering rebuke from the judge in the murder case. Observers in a room adjacent to where Pistorius is standing trial have clambered on to tables, scoffed food and cheered and booed like they were in a circus, according to reports. The reported behaviour took place in the overflow court, just next door to where Judge Thokozile Masipa has been presiding over proceedings, but it is a million miles from the tone of events unfolding in the main court room. Addressing the room next door to her in North Gauteng High Court, Maispa said: "Before we start this morning, I have one thing to say. More »

  • Pistorius Trial: Reeva Bullet Wound Evidence
    Pistorius Trial: Reeva Bullet Wound Evidence Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius has buried his head in his hands during a graphic account of how bullets he fired fatally injured his girlfriend. Forensic expert Roger Dixon, who has suggested neighbours who gave evidence for the prosecution were mistaken in what they heard, gave further evidence on day 24 of the trial.  Pistorius lowered his head and clasped his hands around his ears as Mr Dixon provided details of the injuries Reeva Steenkamp suffered. The witness used a photograph placed on the back of a junior member of the defendant's legal team to illustrate where the Black Talon bullets hit Ms Steenkamp's back. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Trial: Gerrie Nel Blasts 'Irresponsible' Defence Expert …
    Oscar Pistorius Trial: Gerrie Nel Blasts 'Irresponsible' Defence Expert … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius continued with prosecutor Gerrie Nel laying into a forensic expert for his claims about how many times Reeva Steenkamp was shot. Roger Dixon told the court none of the four bullets the runner fired missed Steenkamp, in contrast to the State, which said the model, 29, was blasted three times. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel showed no sign of modifying his cross-examination style, following a failed complaint against him for allegedly breaching Pistorius's human rights with his abrasive questions. Dixon - whose day job is analysing soil at Pretoria University - saw his credentials come under attack for casting doubt upon the case pathologist's explanation for injuries on Steenkamp's back. More »

  • Prosecution pillories Pistorius expert
    Prosecution pillories Pistorius expert Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The prosecution on Wednesday derided a forensic expert hired by Oscar Pistorius, accusing him of being unqualified to testify and rubbishing his account of the circumstances of Reeva Steenkamp's death. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Judge Thokozile Masipa Postpones Trial
    Oscar Pistorius Judge Thokozile Masipa Postpones Trial Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp's family face another delay in getting justice with the postponement of his murder trial. Judge Thokozile Masipa agreed to suspend proceedings from after the Easter holiday until 5 May, following a request by prosecutor Gerrie Nel. The state asked for a postponement because the trial has already badly overrun the three weeks it was allotted when it began on 3 March. It means other work is stacking up for Nel's junior counsel. More »

  • Gerrie Nel Cleared of Violating Human Rights of Oscar Pistorius by Making Him …
    Gerrie Nel Cleared of Violating Human Rights of Oscar Pistorius by Making Him … Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has escaped a bid to bust him for human rights violations over his brutal cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius. The South African Commission for Human Rights rejected a complaint from a member of the public that Nel violated the accused runner's rights to a fair trial and also failed to respect his dignity. But the sight of the disabled star blubbing at the witness stand under stern cross-examination did not add up to a breach of his human rights, it has been ruled. He claimed Nel had breached Pistorius's right to a fair trial by branding him a liar repeatedly during five days of punishing cross-examination. More »

  • Pistorius did himself no favours in the dock: lawyers
    Pistorius did himself no favours in the dock: lawyers Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius did himself more harm than good when he took the witness stand, say South African lawyers. More »

  • Pistorius' Team To Highlight Police 'Errors'
    Pistorius' Team To Highlight Police 'Errors' Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    It felt like a dramatic climax to the murder trial, but Oscar Pistorius' testimony and cross examination in the witness box was just the start of the defence's case. The athlete's lawyers still have about a dozen witnesses to call as they try to challenge the prosecution's charge that the runner shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, deliberately. Already, we have seen one expert witness, Roger Dixon, who has suggested the neighbours who gave evidence for the prosecution were mistaken in what they heard.  A recording of a cricket bat hitting a door was played in the courtroom, the bangs ringing out like bullets as Pistorius covered his ears. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Shot Reeva Dead 'On Purpose'
    Oscar Pistorius Shot Reeva Dead 'On Purpose' Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius sobbed as he read a Valentine's Card from Reeva Steenkamp - after claims he shot her despite her "blood-curdling" screams. Ending five days of cross examination, prosecutor Gerrie Nel put it to Pistorius that he armed himself "with the sole purpose of shooting and killing" his girlfriend. More »

  • Prosecutor wraps up Pistorius grilling in murder trial
    Prosecutor wraps up Pistorius grilling in murder trial Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Nomatter Ndebele PRETORIA (Reuters) - The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the double amputee track athlete on Tuesday with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend, insisting he killed her deliberately after an argument. "You fired four shots through the door whilst knowing that she was standing behind the door," said prosecutor Gerrie Nel, known in South Africa as "The Pitbull" for his hectoring style of questioning. "She was locked into the bathroom and you armed yourself with the sole purpose of shooting and killing her." "That is not true," said 27-year-old Pistorius, who faces life in prison if convicted of murder. Pistorius has broken down in tears on many occasions during the questioning, and at one point retched into a bucket on the witness stand after being shown grisly pictures of Reeva Steenkamp after the shooting on Valentine's Day last year. More »

  • Prosecutor ends gruelling Pistorius cross-examination
    Prosecutor ends gruelling Pistorius cross-examination Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius stepped down from the witness box on Tuesday after five gruelling days of cross-examination that raised serious doubts about his account of killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius trial: Who are the fans claiming the athlete's innocence?
    Oscar Pistorius trial: Who are the fans claiming the athlete's innocence? Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The fans stood outside Pretoria's High Court holding messages of support and white balloons with Pistorius's name written on it in black marker pen More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Weeps Reading Valentine's Day Message from Reeva Steenkamp …
    Oscar Pistorius Weeps Reading Valentine's Day Message from Reeva Steenkamp … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears as he read out a tender Valentine's Day card from Reeva Steenkamp in which she wrote "I love you" – just hours before he shot her dead. More »

  • Bull Terrier v Bladerunner: Oscar Pistorius Shaken by Gerrie Nel Grilling
    Bull Terrier v Bladerunner: Oscar Pistorius Shaken by Gerrie Nel Grilling Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    A picture speaks a thousand words and the one above shows the effect days of relentless questioning by Gerrie Nel has had on Oscar Pistorius. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius 'Heartbreak' at Finding Reeva Steenkamp Dying
    Oscar Pistorius 'Heartbreak' at Finding Reeva Steenkamp Dying Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius said he was left "heartbroken" at discovering he had acciodentally shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The murder accused runner said he had been screaming in panic after it dawned on him it was Steenkamp who had been in the toilet and not an intruder. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel claimed the screams were Steenkamp's as she fled from him to hide in the toilet. Nel wrapped up his cross-examination by hammering home his argument that the disabled star gunned down Steenkamp after an argument between them. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius' Tears: Genuine Or Contrived?
    Oscar Pistorius' Tears: Genuine Or Contrived? Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    At times Oscar Pistorius has been strident, almost argumentative in the witness box under cross examination, but more often his voice has trembled with emotion and he has frequently broken down in tears. The debate has been raging for days in South Africa over whether his breakdowns are genuine, and for the first time the prosecution has suggested it is all an act. "We're not even talking about Reeva," he said, referring to Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend the athlete is accused of deliberately shooting dead. The implication was clear - Pistorius has resorted to crocodile tears as a way of disrupting the barrage of questions which have poked holes in his defence. More »

  • Oscar Pistorius Weeps 'For Himself' In Court
    Oscar Pistorius Weeps 'For Himself' In Court Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius broke down in court again today amid accusations he was concocting evidence from the witness box. Mr Nel said: "Today I'm going to prove your version of events is untrue. Mr Nel asked: "Today I pick up that you are not sure about things. Mr Pistorius replied: "No." More »

  • Gerrie Nel Gets Oscar Pistorius to Call Himself "Liar" During Torrid …
    Gerrie Nel Gets Oscar Pistorius to Call Himself "Liar" During Torrid … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius was duped into calling himself a "liar" by prosecutor Gerrie Nel during another torrid day in court for the murder accused runner. Pistorius ended up calling himself a liar during an exchange about how loudly he had spoken to Reeva Steenkamp shortly before he claimed he accidentally shot her on Valentine's Day, last year. Comparing Pistorius's testimony to his earlier statement, Nel asked the 27-year-old if he "whispered" to Steenkamp, 29. Pistorius answered affirmatively and then Nel stuck the knife in, saying: "Someone did say that Mr Pistorius; More »

  • Pistorius 'using emotions as an escape', prosecutor says
    Pistorius 'using emotions as an escape', prosecutor says Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura PRETORIA (Reuters) - The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Monday accused the track star of using emotional breakdowns under cross-examination to evade answering questions about the night he killed his girlfriend. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who faces life in prison if convicted of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, says he shot the 29-year-old model in a tragic accident, firing at what he thought was an intruder hiding behind a locked toilet door. The athlete has broken down numerous times during the 22-day trial, including retching into a bucket. ... More »

  • Gerrie Nel Accuses Oscar Pistorius of Crying to Escape Justice for Killing Reeva …
    Gerrie Nel Accuses Oscar Pistorius of Crying to Escape Justice for Killing Reeva … Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius was accused of crying to escape facing justice by prosecutor Gerrie Nel in court. More »