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Pistorius Crime Scene Reconstructed In Court
Oscar Pistorius was on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend, a court has heard, contradicting his previous claims.
South African police forensic expert Johannes Vermuelen knelt down in court and swung Pistorius' cricket bat at the door as part of a reconstruction of the night in question.
He said the angle of the marks on the door suggest they could only have been made by someone much shorter than him.
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Pistorius is charged with the murder of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot through the locked toilet door on Valentine's Day last year.
Prosecutors want to prove that it was premeditated killing, but Pistorius says he was defending himself from what he thought was an intruder.
At his bail hearing last year, Pistorius justified shooting because of the extreme vulnerability he felt because of his disability.
However, in his affidavit he stated that he had put on his prostheses before smashing down the door.
Mr Vermuelen said: "The marks on the door are actually consistent with him not having his legs on and I suspect they must be similar to the height that he was when he fired the shots."
But defence lawyer Barry Roux suggested that even with his legs on, Pistorius would not be swinging a bat at the same height as an able-bodied person.
Mr Roux also said there are "missing pieces of the door", asking "Where are those?"
Mr Vermeulen said: "They probably got left at the scene."
Pistorius' friend Darren Fresco earlier told the court Pistorius had been driving at more than 120mph when the pair and one of the athlete's ex-girlfriends were travelling to a resort town south of Johannesburg in September 2012.
Pistorius' gun lay between his legs and not in a holster when the three drove back later that day, Fresco said.
Sky's Alex Crawford, who is in court, said: "The courtroom is packed with people, with the reconstruction of the crime scene sitting in the corner next to the witness stand.
"There are four holes in the door, low down and spread out."
Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "This is a very important part of the case. It's arguing that Pistorius is not telling the truth about having his legs on.
"Part of the morning was slightly comical with the witness being asked to swing the bat at the door standing up then being asked to swing the bat kneeling down."
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