Oscar Pistorius' ballistics expert contradicts prosecution evidence in Pretoria

Last Updated: 10/05/14 8:19am

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Oscar Pistorius: murder trial continues in Pretoria

Oscar Pistorius: murder trial continues in Pretoria

A ballistics expert testifying for Oscar Pistorius' defence said the bullets that hit Reeva Steenkamp were not in the order prosecutors claimed on the 29th day of the murder trial in Pretoria.

Defence witness, Tom Wolmarans claimed the wounds showed Steenkamp may have been standing when she was first shot which contradicts the prosecution's version that she was sitting.

Wolmarans told the court that Steenkamp was close to the toilet door and leaning slightly forward when the first of four gunshots hit her hip.

The next bullets hit her arm and hand, and the final bullet hit her head as she was falling backward.

Wolmarans' testimony runs in the face of police ballistics testimony, which said one bullet missed and ricocheted off the wall, injuring Steenkamp's back and that the final bullet hit her hand and head, as she was sitting in a defensive position with her hands over her head.

Paralympic gold medallist Pistorius claims he shot his girlfriend by accident, believing her to be an intruder in his upmarket Pretoria home.

In contrast, the state claims 27-year-old Pistorius shot Steenkamp in a fit of rage following an argument.

If found guilty of premeditated murder, the double-amputee faces from 25 years to life in prison.

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