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  • 7 July 2014, 16:50

Pistorius: Broadcaster Defends Killing Video

An Australian TV broadcaster has defended its decision to air a video showing Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the night he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The material - shown by Australian TV network Channel Seven - was filmed to help the Paralympian's defence team build their case.

It shows Pistorius, wearing a vest and shorts, running without his prosthetic legs with his fist clenched as if holding a gun.

The video also shows him carrying a woman. It is unclear where the re-enactment was filmed.

Mark Llewellyn, executive producer of the Sunday Night programme, said: "This was a significant investigation ... examining the critical 85 minutes on Valentine's Night 2013 when Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius," said Mark Llewellyn, executive producer of the Sunday Night programme.

"The material shown on Sunday Night goes to the heart of both the prosecution and defence cases, including the account provided by Oscar Pistorius.

"The story was run in Australia only and not made available to any other territory."

Pistorius' legal team said they were taking action against Channel Seven, but the video was not explicitly raised by either side in Monday's court hearing.

Sky's Emma Hurd said the report was the "elephant in the room" during the latest hearing.

"The video has not been mentioned explicitly but has been hinted at, so we're not expecting it to be introduced as evidence," she said.

During the hearing, Professor Wayne Derman, a doctor for the South African Paralympic team, was further questioned over Pistorius' ability to get around on his stumps.

He conceded that fleeing to another room would have been an "option" despite the defendant's lack of mobility.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel also claimed that Prof Derman was too close to Pistorius to be considered an objective witness.

His lawyers criticised the "illegal" broadcast as the court heard evidence from the last defence witnesses.

The video was produced by an American company apparently hired by the athlete's lawyers, but has not been used during the trial.

Pistorius, who is on trial for premeditated murder, denies deliberately killing his girlfriend, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.

He faces between 25 years and life in prison if found guilty.

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