Channel Seven defends Pistorius show
Sunday Night executive producer Mark Llewellyn has denied footage of Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the night he killed his girlfriend was obtained illegally.PT1M9S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3bit1 620 349 July 7, 2014
Pretoria: South African prosecutors have sought to show Oscar Pistorius' sports doctor overstated his immobility without prostheses, with a leaked video depicting the sprinter re-enacting the shooting of his girlfriend.
State prosecutor Gerrie Nel took Wayne Derman to task on Monday about his claim the athlete was mentally vulnerable and had limited mobility on his stumps.
Oscar PIstorius leaves court in Pretoria. Photo: AP
Pistorius's defence team say both factors led the Olympian to shoot Reeva Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day 2013 out of fear she was an intruder.
Mr Nel's tough questioning came as a haunting video of the 27-year-old star sprinter was aired on Australian television by the Seven Network. In the video, Pistorius, wearing a blue tank top and tight black shorts, is walking on his bare stumps with his arm outstretched and hand clenched as if aiming a pistol.
In another clip, Pistorius walks backwards on his stumps, appearing to cast doubt on the defence claim the runner has limited mobility without wearing his prosthesis.
State prosecutor Gerrie Nel questions a witness. Photo: AFP
"Can I just ask you then was it ever demonstrated to you that Mr Pistorius was able to walk backwards on his stumps?" said Mr Nel.
"It was never demonstrated to me," said Professor Derman.
Mr Nel worked to show Pistorius wilfully moved towards the bathroom to shoot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp four times with a 9mm pistol.
Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp. Photo: AFP
"There was at least an option for the accused to flee, even walk out of the room, am I right?" said Mr Nel, suggesting Pistorius was criminally negligent by choosing to shoot instead of leaving his bedroom.
The leaked video was made by the Evidence Room, a US company that specialises in forensic animation, and lawyers for the athlete said it was commissioned by his defence team and obtained illegally by the TV station.
But the Australian television network defended its decision to run the footage on Monday, insisting it was not obtained unlawfully.
"We would not have run the footage if we thought we had obtained it illegally," said Mark Llewellyn, executive producer of the Sunday Night program.
Pistorius's team warned against any other media rebroadcasting the clip.
"Any reproduction of this illegally obtained material will be deemed illegal," said spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess.
In a testy exchange, Mr Nel also argued that Professor Derman was biased and did not have the expertise to comment on two reports by psychiatrists and a psychologist, who found that Pistorius suffered no generalised anxiety disorder nor any mental disorder that affected his legal responsibility for killing Steenkamp.
Professor Derman testified last week that Pistorius was on the border of a generalised anxiety disorder.
He said he was not biased and was qualified to comment. He added it didn't take a genius to interpret the report based on a four-week psychiatric and psychological assessment of Pistorius.
"One doesn't need to be a genius but one does need to be a psychologist," Mr Nel retorted.
Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner" for his prosthetic limbs, has been charged with murdering Steenkamp after a row early on the morning of February 14, 2013. The sprinter claims he mistakenly shot the 29-year-old model and law graduate through a locked door, believing she was an intruder in his upmarket Pretoria home.
At the conclusion of Professor Derman's questioning, defence lawyer Barry Roux said he would likely close his case but requested an adjournment until Tuesday to be sure.