Prosecutor hammers away as Oscar Pistorius resumes testimony

It required a "great leap" for Oscar Pistorius to go from believing that he had shot intruders to suspecting that he had opened fire on his girlfriend, says prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

updated: April 15, 2014 10:32 IST
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Pretoria: It came down to a question of improbabilities and a "great leap."

On the fourth day of relentless cross-examination at his murder trial, Oscar Pistorius was taken back to the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013, when he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in what the prosecution says was an act of premeditated murder and the track star, a double amputee, says was a mistake. (Also read: Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp argued the night she was shot)

In close detail, the prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, had Pistorius, 27, relive the final intimate moments of Steenkamp's life, as the athlete walked unsteadily down an unlit passage on his stumps from his darkened bedroom, a pistol in his right hand, and into a bathroom where he fired four rounds at the locked door of a toilet cubicle, believing, by his account, that at least one intruder was behind the door.

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