Pistorius reenacts shooting in shock footage

July 6, 2014 6:10 pm
Pistorius during his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria on July 3, 2014/AFP
Pistorius during his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria on July 3, 2014/AFP

, PRETORIA, July 6 – Oscar Pistorius is walking on his stumps, appearing to aim a pistol, in footage broadcast Sunday that shows the Paralympic gold medallist at his most vulnerable in a shock reenactment of the night he shot his girlfriend.

Lawyers for the athlete said the video, which emerged the week his trial resumed for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, was commissioned by his defence team and obtained illegally.
In the footage aired by Australia’s Channel 7 the double-amputee is seen crossing a room on his bare stumps, wearing a tank top and tight black shorts, his hand clenched in the air as if ready to fire a gun.

“I wasn’t sure if someone was going to come up and point a firearm at me,” says the star sprinter at one point.

The 27-year-old is seen screaming and crying for help, and carrying his younger sister Aimee down a flight of stairs, as he acts out his account of the minutes after he shot Steenkamp.

The video was made by the Evidence Room, a US company based in Cleveland, Ohio, that specialises in forensic animation.

READ: Pistorius a ‘suicide risk’, court told.

The Evidence Room was hired by the defence team in October 2013 to digitally depict the sequence of events early on Valentine’s Day last year, when Pistorius shot his girlfriend four times through a locked toilet door.

The animation firm used the footage of Pistorius moving on his stumps in order to reimagine the crime scene in an animated format.

Brian Webber, a lawyer representing Pistorius, said in a statement the video was “obtained illegally and in breach of the non-disclosure agreement with The Evidence Room.”

“Channel 7 purchased this footage unlawfully,” said Webber, adding that the broadcaster had agreed not to air the material until the end of the trial.

“Whilst we cannot imagine how any of the footage would not support Oscar’s version, we will only be in a position to comment further once we have had the opportunity to study what has been aired,” he said.

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