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  • 11 March 2014, 7:04

Pistorius: Pathologist's Evidence Continues

Oscar Pistorius faces another difficult day in court as a pathologist continues giving evidence about injuries Reeva Steenkamp suffered when the athlete shot her.

Pistorius was sick in court as Professor Gert Saayman gave graphic details of a post-mortemexamination he carried out on the model during his first day of evidence.

A live video feed of the trial was cut following a request from the prosecution on behalf ofProfSaayman.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the move was needed to "respect the decency" of Ms Steenkamp and her family and friends.

:: Sky News' live coverage of the trial is under way, and a special highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm.

Sky's Alex Crawford said a court official lifted a microphone away from Pistorius to "lessen the sound" as he was heard retching and appeared to vomit into a bucket.

The judge repeatedly asked whether he was well enough to continue, and his lawyer Barry Roux said he wanted the evidence to carry on.

Sky's Martin Brunt said the pathologist's evidence covered the three bullet wounds to Ms Steenkamp; to her head, right hip and right arm.

He said the Ranger branded bullets used were designed to "expand and mushroom" and cause substantial damage.

Prof Saayman said the head wound would have been incapacitating but added Ms Steenkamp may not have died straight away.

Ms Steenkamp was shot dead by Pistorius on Valentine's Day last year. The double-amputee says he thought she was an intruder.

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