Various sources report that South African laws governing “self defense” are very different from those in the U.S. and that, given that, our perspective on the details of the incident being revealed in the press don’t fully give a picture of why “Blade Runner” is being pursued so vigorously in this trial. It would be interesting to see more African originated reports on the trial such as those coming from Global Information Network.
Pistorius forced to look at ‘exploded’ head of girlfriend
BY JOE BROCK
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (C) arrives ahead of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria April 9, 2014.
CREDIT: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO
(Reuters) – A South African prosecutor forced Oscar Pistorius on Wednesday to look at a forensic photograph of the head of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after it was destroyed by a gunshot fired by the Olympic and Paralympic track star.
In a dramatic opening to his cross-examination of Pistorius, prosecutor Gerrie Nel made him say that he had killed Steenkamp then later confronted him with the photograph showing the side and back of her skull matted with blood and brains.
“Take responsibility for what you have done,” Nel said, drawing gasps from the public gallery and causing Pistorius to bury his head in his hands in the witness stand, rock from side to side and weep.