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Oscar murder trial resumes

The murder trial of paralympian Oscar Pistorius resumed after a lunch break on Monday with pathologist Gert Saayman giving details of Reeva Steenkamp's injuries.


The High Court in Pretoria heard that Steenkamp died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

At 1.50pm Pistorius returned to court, with his briefcase and wet wipes in hand. He sat in the dock with his head down ahead of proceedings.

Shortly afterwards, Saayman took his seat.

Before lunch, Saayman detailed the injuries Steenkamp sustained to her groin, head, torso, left hand and hips.

The court heard Steenkamp’s body was naked when it was brought in for the post mortem and her clothes were brought in along with the body.

Saayman said the holes in the clothes corresponded to the wounds on the body.

Pistorius sat gagging as Saayman testified before lunch.

This evidence may not be broadcast live, tweeted or blogged by order of Judge Thokozile Masipa. This was after Saayman requested the order for Steenkamp and her family’s dignity. He did not mind filtered or paraphrased reports.

Pistorius, who was Steenkamp’s boyfriend, is on trial for her murder.

He shot her through a locked bathroom door at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year.

He claimed to have mistaken her for an intruder.

The State, however, argues that it was premeditated murder.

Sapa

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