Pistorius Takes Stand After Vomiting Again
Apologizes to Steenkamp's family
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 7, 2014 6:38 AM CDT
Updated Apr 7, 2014 8:36 AM CDT
Oscar Pistorius gets a hug from his aunt Lois Pistroius in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Deaan Vivier, Pool)

(Newser) – Oscar Pistorius' defense team is launching its case, and yet again, the testimony seems to have been too much for the athlete to take. Pistorius threw up multiple times—now a frequent occurrence—into a bucket as a forensic pathologist discussed the bullet wounds that killed Reeva Steenkamp, Reuters reports. The pathologist, Jannie Botha, agreed with the state pathologist regarding the sequence of shots that hit Steenkamp. A sobbing Pistorius and others in the court couldn't bear to look at graphic photos displayed, NBC News notes.

Next, Pistorius himself took the witness stand and began by apologizing to Steenkamp's family. "There is not a moment and there hasn't been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven't thought about your family," he said, struggling to speak clearly through emotion. Other noteworthy moments, via the Guardian:

  • Pistorius said he has trouble sleeping. "I have terrible nightmares about what happened that night. I wake up and I can smell blood." He often calls his sister for help, once doing so from inside a cupboard, he said.
  • He added that he never wanted to touch a gun again.
  • He discussed his close relationship with his mother and her sudden death when he was a teenager.
  • As for his physical abilities without his prosthetics, a question central to the shooting: "I don't have balance on my stumps. I can stand on my stumps. I can't stand still on my stumps."

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Apr 8, 2014 8:03 PM CDT
Perhaps 97% of comments indicates that most people are DISGUSTED with this murderer. If this is true, how could the JUDGE not see this and give a decision that will put this...(whatever he is) away for LIFE!!..? ..Any other decision will mean that "someone" has been BOUGHT!!!
Apr 8, 2014 6:47 AM CDT
You can listen to what was said in court the other day at; http://www.mediaite.com/online/watch-here-oscar-pistorius-murder-trial-april-8th/
Apr 7, 2014 2:30 PM CDT
I HIGHLY doubt this man is sorry for what he did!!!!.. When you are on trial for ANY kind of crime, be it murder or whatever, of course you are going to go to trial and say you are "sorry" for what you did. If you didn't, that would be the STUPIDEST thing you could do for your defense!!!. Secondly, you are coached by your Attorneys what to say because of the JURY.. This man, given the opportunity to go free will have such a vendetta against his detractors so intense, they may have to hire security for themselves and their families!!.. If there is such a thing as Justice, then I pray that the Jury returns with a GUILTY verdict, and put this DEMON away for the rest of his LIFE!!!