Gert Saayman, a forensic expert, said on Tuesday that Oscar Pistorius’ girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, could not have screamed after she was fatally shot in the head.
Saayman was testifying at the murder trial of the South African double-amputee Olympic sprinter in Pretoria.
His testimony contradicted those of several of Pistorius’ neighbours, who said they heard a woman scream before and after shots were fired in his Pretoria home in February last year.
Saayman said Steenkamp was first shot in the hip and elbow, and could have screamed before Pistorius fired the fatal shot.
The forensic expert was appearing for the second day before the Pretoria court where the 27-year-old athlete has been on trial since March 3.
Pistorius’ friend, Darren Fresco, also testified on Tuesday, confirming earlier testimonies on two gun-related incidents the athlete was also charged with.
Fresco said that on another occasion, he was driving when Pistorius fired a gun out of a sunroof after police stopped him for speeding, and also that he discharged a gun in a restaurant.
He said Pistorius became angry after a police officer handled his gun which was on the back seat of the car.