– ‘Anything is possible’ –
In cross examination state prosecutor Gerrie Nel attempted to show that a reconstruction of the crime scene by Wolmarans was impossible, arguing Steenkamp was shot in the head in a seated position by the toilet bowl.
Nel said the model and law graduate could not have been shot and fallen backwards, hitting her back on the wood magazine rack, as the defence describes in its reconstruction of early Valentine’s Day morning last year.
“If your reconstruction is considered, she would never have ended up on the right hand side of the toilet, with her head on the toilet,” said Nel.
“My lady, I disagree, anything could have happened in that toilet,” said Wolmarans.
“Anything in this world is possible but the court would be more interested if an expert deals with the possibility of what happened,” Nel retorted.
Mounting a red laser beam in the courtroom to demonstrate the trajectory of one of the four bullets the Paralympic gold medallist fired at Steenkamp, Nel tried to demonstrate that the only plausible way she could have sustained a wound to her back was if a bullet ricocheted off the toilet wall. READ: Distraught Pistorius apologises for killing girlfriend.
But Wolmarans said the state presented just one of many paths the bullet could have taken if it deflected after going through the toilet door.
“The only point I’m making is there are also other possibilities if there was a deflection,” he said.
The state’s version, that Steenkamp fell into a seated position on the magazine rack, “doesn’t make sense to me,” said Wolmarans.
Pistorius began the day in good spirits, cracking a rare smile in court as he greeted Wolmarans, an ex-policeman with over 30 years’ experience in ballistics.
Yet as Wolmarans testified on graphic details about Steenkamp’s death, the world famous athlete bent his head in the dock, shielding his eyes with his hand from photos of the bloody crime scene shown on the court television monitors.