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Forensics expert says Reeva Steenkamp shot in 'rapid fire'

Published:Wednesday | April 16, 2014 | 2:55 PM

A forensics expert has told court that the girlfriend of South African double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down.



This differs from a police ballistics witness who said there was short break between the first and second shots.



Forensics expert Roger Dixon, a defence witness, says Steenkamp was standing at an angle to the door and that all four bullets hit her as she fell to the ground.



Earlier in the trial, ballistics expert Captain Christiaan Mangena said he believed Steenkamp was standing up facing the closed door when she was hit in the right hip.



He said she then fell back onto a magazine rack next to the toilet before three more bullets were fired at the door, one of which missed her.



Pistorius denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.



The athlete says he fired rapidly in fear through the toilet door after he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder.



The prosecution says the 29-year-old model and law graduate was deliberately killed after the couple had an argument.



The double amputee Olympic and Paralympic athlete faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.



The trial has been adjourned until tomorrow, which will be the last day before a break; proceedings will resume on Monday, May 5.



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