Oscar Pistorius trial: contradictions mount as athlete faces fifth day of cross-examination

Oscar Pistorius trial: live coverage

Watch a live feed from the courtroom in Pretoria where paralympian Oscar Pistorius is on trial accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius looks utterly exhausted as he hugs his sister and brother closely, before going to talk with his lawyers.

Eyes are sunken in his head and he looks sweaty and tired. No doubt the past few days have been extremely difficult.

As it is now 3pm, we adjourn. Another extraordinary day, and tomorrow is day 24.

Back at 9.30am, when Judge Masipa will either grant or reject application by both parties to adjourn on Thursday for two weeks.

That would mean case resumes on May 5.

Mr Dixon says the size of bullet core retrieved from the toilet bowl itself is "inconsistent with having come from one of the bullets that went into the body".

On Captain Mangena’s evidence that Ms Steenkamp was sitting on the magazine rack, witness says: "I can’t see it happening."

Roux brings up police ballistic expert Captain Mangena's evidence. They want to discredit that.

He says Ms Steenkmap was sitting on the rack for the last two shots.

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Well, even on day 23, we see something we haven't yet.

The magazine rack has been brought into the court, and passed over to the witness. It now sits atop the desk in the witness box, three metres from the toilet door, still centre stage in court.

Mr Roux hands Pistorius a photograph he does not wish to show on the screens "for obvious reasons". It is a rather graphic photo of Ms Steenkamp, showing her wounds.

The pictures we've seen on other days, of the bullet wounds on Reeva's back, are back up on the screen. Defence says they were caused by magazine rack, but state's pathologist says by ricocheting from bullet that did not strike her.

Pistorius has his head down, hands over eyes and thumbs in ears.

Dixon suggests Reeva must have been within 20cm of the door when Pistorius shot her, judging by the arm splinters around wounds. State claims she fell back almost a metre.

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Pistorius has put his hands over his ears again and is bending forward - as details of wood splinters are talked about.

So true:

Dixon: One of the shot prints is over a bullet hole - whatever evidence was there has been compromised.

He is talking about the prints found on the door after it was in a police chief's office for a week.

"Most unprofessional" - that's how Dixon has described police walking through crime scene.

He goes on to explain how to minimise compromising the scene - something the Pistorius investigators did not do.

Expert explaining angle of bullets and the splinters of the wood after bullets went through door.

Dixon: "Looking at the bullet exit hole - the splinters are larger on the left as opposed to the right of the holes.

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Dixon adds that he couldn't hit the door hard enough with the cricket bat to make the marks Pistorius did.

Now onto image of cricket bat "tip" with a blood smear and blood spots on it.

The defence forensic expert says the blow from the cricket bat would have made the tiles come off the wall.

Dixon says all marks on the door are similar and share same features, all "in my interpretation, cricket bat marks".


We return to the white tufts - Dixon says they are unlikely to have ended up there with a mere "stumbling" into it as the state's witness Vermeulen asserted.

He also says the varnish on the soles ofthe prosthesis must mean he kicked door very hard.

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