Pistorius cross-examination finished


PRETORIA: The prosecution concluded its grueling cross-examination of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday, ending five days of intense and emotional interrogation in his murder trial.

“I have nothing further for this witness,” said prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel, after relentless questioning into the moments after the athlete shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Nel spent five days dragging Pistorius over the coals, accusing him of lying, tailoring evidence, and crying to avoid tough questions.

Inconsistencies in Pistorius’s account, his evasive answers and sketchy memory of some details may have left his case in a weaker position than when he took the stand.

On Tuesday, the prosecution accused the sprinter of a cover-up, claiming he knowingly killed his 29-year-old model girlfriend.

Nel picked at inconsistencies between Pistorius’s evidence in court and his lengthy bail application about the noises he heard as he shot.

“There’s no indication that you thought they [perceived intruders]were opening the door in your bail application,” said Nel.

“You are thinking of a version constantly and not dealing with the question,” he added.

“It’s getting more and more improbable and you’re tailoring more and more as we go on,” Nel further said.

Pistorius tearfully denied the allegation several times.

Earlier, legal teams for the prosecution and the defense both called for a two-week adjournment beginning on Friday.

“My colleague has a matter she has to deal with,” said Nel.

“We have matters to deal with but there is also certain personal things that we have arranged that have been arranged all before this trial started,” he added.

The proposal would see court resume on May 5.

Pistorius’s attorney Barry Roux indicated the defense may finish calling its witnesses by mid-May if the postponement is granted.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said she would consider the request and rule on Wednesday.

If the defense concludes its case by mid-May, another postponement is likely before concluding arguments.



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