Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial is in full swing but it’s proving too much for the Paralympic athlete to handle. After hearing the graphic details of (former) girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s wounds, Pistorius proceeded to vomit in the courtroom.
On Monday, Oscar Pistorius because so overwhelmed while listening to expert testimony about the autopsy of Reeva Steenkamp (whom he is accused of murdering) that he appeared visibly shaken and threw up repeatedly in the middle of court.
Unfortunately the proceeding cannot be televised because Prof. Gert Saayman, head of the forensic medicine department at the University of Pretoria, argued that the details of autopsy were “very personal in nature” and could “compromise the dignity of the deceased.” Well, they should at least release a courtroom sketch of the vomit incident.
Saayman told the court how Steenkamp was struck four times with bullets from Pistorius’s nine millimetre pistol, but as more details were discussed, Pistorius broke down, his shoulders shaking, and began to spew out some vomit.
While Saayman poked some holes in Pistorius’s timeline of the events, other testimony revealed that the athlete “had a big love” for guns.
Pistorius denies his murder charge, arguing that he shot his girlfriend through a locked toilet door by mistake because he believed she was an intruder. But the state is working on convincing the court that Pistorius and Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model, reality TV star and law graduate, had an argument before the athlete fired the fatal shots.
If found guilty, the 27-year-old “blade runner” could face life in prison. And if found not guilty, Pistorius may want to think about an acting career. He seems to have a flair for the dramatic.