Pretoria - State prosecutor Gerrie Nel continued his
fierce cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius on Thursday, claiming the sprinter
was lying and that his account of events was "impossible”.
Here are highlights from proceedings on the trial's 20th
Nel said Pistorius's version of events that he woke up
and moved the fans from his balcony into his bedroom was
"impossible," disputing the athlete's assertion that police then
moved the fans, duvet and curtains - key pieces of evidence - when they arrived
at the crime scene.
"Your version is so improbable, that nobody would
ever think it's reasonably, possibly true, it's so impossible," said Nel.
Pistorius agreed with Nel when he said the athlete had no
reason to shoot four times through a locked toilet door.
"We know for a fact there were no intruders in your
house that night, we know for a fact there was no ladder against the
wall," said Nel. "We know for a fact that you had no reason to shoot,
Pistorius replied, "that's correct, My Lady”.
Nel said Pistorius was an egotistic boyfriend focused
primarily on his own well-being and reputation, highlighting WhatsApp messages
Steenkamp sent to the athlete complaining about his controlling behaviour.
"Because it's all about Mr Pistorius, that is what
your relationship was," said Nel.
Reeva was scared
Pistorius says Steenkamp wrote in a WhatsApps that she is
scared of him because she had such deep emotions for him.
Pistorius denied "picking on" Steenkamp, as she
claimed in the same message.
Pistorius said he didn't remember playing Bitch don't kill my vibe, a rap song by
Kendrick Lamar, in the car after him and Steenkamp had a falling-out at a
"What song were you playing? Isn't it 'Bitch, don't
kill my vibe?" asked Nel. "I have no idea My Lady," said
"If you put on a song, Bitch don't kill my vibe," said Nel, his voice raising,
"anyone would take offence to it”.
Pistorius denied pulling the trigger of a Glock 27
handgun in Tasha's, an upmarket Johannesburg restaurant. He has pleaded not
guilty to two charges of gun recklessness.
"As I said My Lady I did not have my finger on the
trigger," he said.
The athlete also denied shooting a gun out of a car's
sunroof, saying that two state witnesses, Samantha Taylor, his ex-girlfriend,
and Darren Fresco, a former friend, "fabricated" a story.
Nel said repeatedly throughout the day that Pistorius
avoids taking responsibility for his actions, a theme of his cross-examination.
"You see again Mr Pistorius, it's the strangest day
today, you don't take responsibility for anything," said Nel, after asking
Pistorius about his gun habits.