Jerome Starkey, in Pretoria
Oscar Pistorius lied, changed his story and constructed an account of how he killed his girlfriend that is “so improbable” no one will believe it, his murder trial heard today.
Even his own father, Henke, had refused to give evidence in his son’s defence, the prosecution said.
By the end of a second gruelling day of cross-examination, the athlete admitted he was negligent with guns, he blamed his lawyers three times for discrepancies in his evidence and claimed one of his best friends and his ex-girlfriend had both lied about him in court.
He also used the same excuse, that he didn’t have time to think, to explain why he opened fire on Miss Steenkamp and why a gun went off in his hands, in a crowded Johannesburg restaurant, in two unrelated incidents.
“Didn’t have time to think? We had that yesterday,” said Gerrie Nel, the state prosecutor. “That is one of your defences.”
Mr Nel said it was a miracle that the gun “went off by itself”. “You are blaming everybody but you won’t take responsibility. That gun cannot fire if you don’t pull the trigger. Who did?” he demanded.
“I don’t know, my lady,” Mr Pistorius said, addressing Judge Thokozile Masipa.
Mr Nel said the athlete had refused to take responsibility for shooting the gun, which was part of a pattern of selfish behaviour and shirking blame.
Asked about the moments immediately before he killed Reeva Steenkamp, Mr Nel accused the athlete of “adapting” his account.
“When I asked you first you said you didn’t see [Reeva]. You said your hands were on your face. Now you are saying you could see a silhouette. You are adapting,” Mr Nel said.
The athlete admits killing Miss Steenkamp but denies premeditated murder because he said he mistook her for an intruder.
“Your version is a lie,” Mr Nel told the court, as he picked small but significant holes in Mr Pistorius’ evidence. (Read more…)