Pistorius Vomits Amid Autopsy Details

Reporting of graphic information barred
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 10, 2014 6:33 AM CDT
Oscar Pistorius buries his head in his hand as he listens to cross questioning in the second week of his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Bongiwe Mchunu, Pool)
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(Newser) – Autopsy details provided today at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are so graphic that reporting and tweeting have been banned—and indeed, the findings appear to have been too much for Pistorius himself. He threw up in court as pathologist Gert Saayman discussed Reeva Steenkamp's injuries, AFP reports. His emotional reaction prompted the court's adjournment. Judge Thokozile Masipa asked Pistorius' lawyer, Barry Roux, to "just attend to the accused—not sure what's happening." It's not the first time Pistorius has gagged in court.

Saayman asked for his testimony not to be publicized, saying it "goes against the good morals of society for us to make information of this nature available in a manner that vulnerable or unsuspecting people in society may be exposed." He also pointed to concerns about Steenkamp's dignity, the BBC reports. Meanwhile, the court today addressed a security guard's allegations that, when he called Pistorius after reports of gunshots, the athlete said "everything is fine." Today, Roux said it was Pistorius who called guard Pieter Baba first; he said "I'm OK," not "everything is fine," Roux argued. (Read more Oscar Pistorius stories.)

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