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Oscar Pistorius sick in court as pathologist reads Reeva Steenkamp autopsy report


Double-amputee Oscar Pistorius vomited in court while a pathologist testified at his murder trial on Monday.

A bucket was placed in the dock before Professor Gert Saayman, who carried out an autopsy on the Paralympic champion’s slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, took the stand.

Earlier the judge banned all live broadcast of the autopsy evidence.

Pathologist Gert Saayman successfully argued that broadcasting the details of the report could compromise the “dignity of the deceased”.

Reporters at the scene said Oscar Pistorius was seen “breaking down, loudly gagging, retching” as Gert Saayman spoke and later he threw up.

Oscar Pistorius denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

The Paralympic champion, on trial for murder, denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius fired four shots at Reeva Steenkamp through the bathroom door. He says he mistook the 29-year-old model and aspiring lawyer for an intruder.

Gert Saayman used the following arguments to persuade Judge Thokozile Masipa to ban broadcasts of his autopsy report:

  • “Very personal nature of the findings”
  • “Details of the injuries have the potential to compromise the dignity of the deceased”
  • It may “harm the rights” of friends and family of the deceased
  • “Goes against the morals of society”

The judge also banned coverage of the details of the autopsy report through Twitter and other social media.

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