Pistorius Takes Stand After Vomiting Again

Apologizes to Steenkamp's family

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 7, 2014 6:38 AM CDT | Updated Apr 7, 2014 8:36 AM CDT

(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."

Oscar Pistorius gets a hug from his aunt Lois Pistroius in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014.
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)
Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, Pool)
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