As it happened: Pistorius cross examination

Key points

  • South African Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius is being cross examined by the state prosecutor
  • Prosecutor Gerrie Nel abruptly shows graphic image of Reeva Steenkamp
  • Earlier Mr Pistorius told the court Ms Steenkamp died while he was holding her
  • It is the athlete's third day in the witness box
  • On Monday, Mr Pistorius made a tearful apology to the Steenkamp family
  • All times BST

Live text


  • Mike Hills 
  • Jasmine Coleman 

Last updated 9 April 2014


Welcome to our live coverage of the third day of Oscar Pistorius' testimony from the witness stand in his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


Yesterday, Mr Pistorius broke down as he spoke for the first time about the moments leading up to the fatal shots being fired and the events immediately afterwards. Judge Masipa ended proceedings early with the athlete's lawyer Barry Roux saying he could not "responsibly ask the court to carry on" because his client had been overcome by his emotions.


Sky News correspondent Alex Crawford tweets: #OscarPistorius Third DAY of testimony from the Bladerunner is about to begin. He is in the courtroom, looking v pale and drinking water


Pumza Fihlani, BBC News

tweets: At #Pistorius trial. Emotional day yest as he broke down on the stand. We adjourned at the point of the gruesome discovery of Reeva's body.


Mr Pistorius is back on the witness stand now. We're just waiting for the judge to begin proceedings.


Andrew Harding, Africa correspondent

tweets: So… how soon before #OscarPistorius is cross-examined? Not that long, I'm thinking...


The judge has arrived and Mr Pistorius is about to resume giving evidence.


Mr Pistorius has resumed describing events in the toilet after he broke through the door and found Reeva. "I checked to see if she was breathing and she wasn't. I sat there crying for some time."


"I could feel the blood was running down on me," said Mr Pistorius.


"At a point I thought I heard her breathing. I put her weight on me so I could pick her up. I could see that her arm was broken." Mr Pistorius is talking very slowly as he tries to run through the events again.