Oscar Trial: Roux points out contradictions
Oscar Pistorius's lawyer on Friday said there were contradictions in evidence submitted by a radiologist testifying in Pistorius's murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria.
FILE PHOTO: Defence attorney Barry Roux attends on March 28, 2013 the bail application appeal of his client, South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, at the North Gauteng Hight Court in Pretoria. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN
Barry Roux, SC, was questioning Johan Stipp on testimony he delivered on Thursday.
According to Roux, Stipp on Thursday said: “I saw the lights on, looked out and then heard the screaming.”
Roux said Stipp, however, later said he first heard the woman screaming and looked around, wanting to establish where the screams were coming from.
In response, Stipp said: “My actions were all simultaneous.”
“Remember, I’m a radiologist. I see in pictures. I’m talking, I’m looking I’m seeing. I am trained to do that,” said Stipp.
He lived close to Pistorius’s home at the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria.
Stipp was one of the first people to arrive at Pistorius’s home after Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year.
He claims he had mistaken her for an intruder.
Roux went on to question Stipp about a series of calls he made to several people while requesting help while still at his home.
He questioned Stipp on whether he was sure about his testimony that he had twice tried to call the security at the complex.
Stipp agreed, adding that he could not get through the first time around.
Roux said the State had provided phone records of the security company and those showed that Stipp’s first call did not go through, but the second call went unanswered.
Stipp maintained he was able to get through to security on his second try.
The State was trying to prove that Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he shot Steenkamp through the locked bathroom door at his home.
In addition, Pistorius is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.