Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius

SA Athlete, Oscar Pistorius broke down in court, retching and vomiting, after hearing the graphic testimony about Steenkamp’s post?mortem.

Oscar PistoriusDay six of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial heard graphic evidence of the wounds sustained by Reeva Steenkamp and testimony about the type of ammunition used when the model was shot and killed.

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard damning evidence from Pathologist Professor Gert Saayman who testified Steenkamp had her last meal just two hours before she was shot dead, contradicting the athlete’s version of events.

Pistorius is accused of?murdering his 29?year?old girlfriend?at his upmarket Pretoria East home on 14 February last year.
The 27?year?old also faces gun?related charges.

Saayman told the court a small amount of food, which he believes to be partially digested vegetables, were found in the model’s stomach.? He said different types of food take different times to pass through the stomach, with protein taking the longest to digest.
The doctor said Steenkamp ingested the food no more than two hours before her death.
Pistorius claims he and his girlfriend went to bed at about?10pm?the previous evening.
He shot her shortly after?3am.

The pathologist’s evidence suggests Steenkamp had something to eat at around?1am, the time Pistorius says the couple were asleep.

Saayman also described numerous other wounds to her body as a result of being shot through a wooden door.
He said Steenkamp sustained gunshot wounds to the head, hip and arm, which led to her death.
Pistorius fired four shots at his girlfriend.

Saayman also found small skin?deep wounds on her right forearm and under her right breast.

He said the trauma to Steenkamp’s head was so severe it was instantaneously incapacitating.
Saayman said the model may have taken only a few breaths after sustaining the wound and died soon thereafter.

A Johannesburg?based psychologist says Pistorius’s reaction of vomiting and break down could possibly be a sign of post?traumatic stress disorder.

Defence Advocate Barry Roux will have the opportunity to cross?examine Saayman?on Tuesday.

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