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Oscar Pistorius trial day 7: Reeva Steenkamp last meal claim challenged


On the seventh day of Oscar Pistorius trial in Pretoria, his defense team has questioned a pathologist’s finding that Reeva Steenkamp had eaten less than two hours before he killed her.

This contradicts Oscar Pistorius’ account that he and his girlfriend had been in bed for several hours before the shooting.

On Monday, Oscar Pistorius vomited as he listened to the medical testimony.

Oscar Pistorius, 27, denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and says he mistook her for a burglar.

Dr. Gert Saayman said Reeva Steenkamp had been shot three times, in the head, hip and arm but that he did not know the order of the injuries.

Oscar Pistorius denies intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp and says he mistook her for a burglar

Oscar Pistorius denies intentionally killing Reeva Steenkamp and says he mistook her for a burglar

If she had been shot in the hip or arm first, screaming would have been expected, he said.

Neighbors have previously said they heard a woman screaming but Oscar Pistorius’ defense lawyers argue that the athlete was the only one who screamed.

When pressed by defense lawyer Barry Roux, Dr. Gert Saayman said that there could be an error of “an hour or two” in his estimation of when Reeva Steenkamp last ate.

Judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled that Tuesday’s post-mortem examination testimony could be tweeted but not broadcast live.

The judge had banned live twitter coverage of Monday’s testimony because of its nature.

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