Ballistics and Screams Threaten Oscar Pistorius Defense


The ballistics expert and pathologist also agreed on the type of bullets Pistorius used, the so-called Black Talon ammunition, with Saayman testifying that "They were specifically designed by the manufacturer to have very sharp jagged edges. This projectile was designed to cause maximum damage." Mangena said, “It creates six talons and these talons are sharp. It cuts through the organs of a human being. If it hits a hard object like a bone it breaks into pieces.”

According to Smith, the evidence from Sean Rens, manager of the International Firearm Training Academy, is also extremely important to the State's case. Rens told the court that Pistorius had ordered several firearms from him and took a competency test in order to be declared fit to poses those guns.

Smith says "In South Africa, you first have to pass a competency test. In this test, certain scenarios is given to you when you shoot or not. If your life is not in immediate danger, you cannot shoot. Oscar shot through a closed door, without ascertaining of there was danger or who was behind the door. Furthermore, from what is said above, even if he can by some miracle get past the 1st shot, he should have stopped shooting after his first shot when he heard the scream. And why did he fire 2 or 3 more shots into a closed door? That is not the actions of a reasonable man. Also, it was put by his defence that he was scared and afraid of crime, but one of the last witnesses testified that he has not reported any crimes, which is a negative for Oscar."

Finally, the testimony from five neighbors, all describing hearing a woman scream before thuds sounding like gunshots, forms a part of the prosecution's narrative. "If we can assume he shot the first shot, there was pause and scream, he should have realized that it was Reeva, or considered that it may have been Reeva."

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