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Pistorius was not on prosthetic legs when he opened fire, says expert

Published:Wednesday | March 19, 2014 | 12:20 PM

A key police ballistics expert says Oscar Pistorius was not wearing his prosthetic legs when he shot his girlfriend, as the athlete's trial continued in South Africa today.

Correspondents say this lends support to the defence team's insistence that the shooting was not premeditated.

Pistorius denies murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, saying he thought she was an intruder.

The prosecution says he intentionally shot her after an argument.

On today’s 13th day of the trial, Captain Christian Mangena said analysis of the crime scene and his subsequent tests suggested that Pistorius was not wearing the prostheses when he fired the fatal shots.

Capt Mangena says the evidence pointed to the shots been fired from a position greater than 60 centimetre away from the toilet door but no further than 3 metres.

There are no juries at trials in South Africa, and the fate of Pistorius will ultimately be decided by the judge, assisted by two assessors.

If found guilty, the 27-year-old a national sporting hero and double amputee could face life imprisonment.


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