More details on Reeva’s injuries
Model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp sustained bruising to her back, buttocks and breast, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.
FILE PICTURE: A relative of the late South African model Reeva Steenkamp holds the funeral ceremony program at the crematorium building in Port Elizabeth on February 19, 2013 after Steenkamp, 29, was shot four times in the early hours of February 14, 2013 by a 9mm pistol owned by South African sporting hero Oscar Pistorius. AFP PHOTO
Pathologist Gert Saayman said Steenkamp had two scratches on her back. This could have been caused by a blunt object or shrapnel.
Her right buttock was bluish in colour. Saayman said this could have stemmed from the injury that Steenkamp had sustained on her right hip, where a bullet had penetrated.
There was some reddish discoloration on her right nipple, said Saayman.
He said this could have been caused by frictional contact.
Pistorius gagged as Saayman delivered his evidence.
Earlier, Saayman told the court that Steenkamp had also sustained wounds to her head, hips and hand.
Dressed in black, Pistorius’s sister, Aimee, who sat in the court gallery tried to keep her composure. She fought back tears as she listened to her brother retch.
Pistorius is on trial for Steenkamp’s murder.
He shot her through a locked bathroom door at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year. He says he mistook her for an intruder.
The State alleges that it was premeditated murder.
Attending the proceedings was Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga.
She sat in the front of the court gallery amid women clad in ANC Women’s League uniform.
They were sitting among Steenkamp’s friends.