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On location: Graphic testimony gets to Pistorius

  • Double-amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is on trial for murder in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp
  • Pistorius says he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day 2013
On location: Graphic testimony gets to Pistorius

Editor's note: Jen Su is a TV & Radio Presenter for 5 FM, SABC3, and Business Day TV in Johannesburg, South Africa. She will be providing local insight to the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on HLN with Jane Velez-Mitchell.

It was a tough start to the second week of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial – with the Paralympian sobbing violently and vomiting in a bucket in court during the presentation of graphic post-mortem evidence.

It was too much to bear for Pistorius as Gert Saayman, the pathologist who conducted the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp, presented detailed evidence of her injuries.

After some preliminary formalities, Judge Thokozile Masipa granted the requests of Saayman and both the prosecution and defense, to not allow his graphic testimony to be broadcast on TV, radio or any type of Twitter live feed – citing “ethical concerns” and respect for Steenkamp, her family and loved ones. 

During a short court adjournment, Pistorius’ sister, Aimee, was crying and shaking – while she tried to help the athlete regain composure. Pistorius' brother, Carl, also tried to offer support.  

Judge Masipa had also mentioned earlier in the day, that some witnesses had been attacked on social media and that from now on; no images of private witnesses would be allowed to be published. There was also confusion on Twitter as to whether “live tweeting” would be allowed, which still did not deter from the continued questions and debates all over social media.

The state pathologist had only been speaking for a short while, albeit in graphic detail – when Pistorius defense lawyer Barry Roux requested an adjournment of the court, referring to Pistorius’ “sick” condition as a reaction to the evidence presented.

Professor Saayman will be cross-examined in court on Tuesday.

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