Pistorius tailored evidence, lawyer says

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The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has accused him of tailoring his version of how he killed his girlfriend to fit evidence at the scene, exhaustively listing alleged inconsistencies in the athlete’s account of the fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.

The court temporarily adjourned late yesterday morning after the double-amputee runner started to sob while testifying about the moments before he killed Ms Steenkamp in his home in the early hours of February 14, 2013.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel had asked him what exactly he shouted as he moved towards the bathroom where he shot Ms Steenkamp, who was behind a closed door in the toilet cubicle.

Pistorius said he thought there was an intruder in the house. After a long pause following the question, he said he screamed, using an expletive, for the purported intruder to get out of his house.

As he gave evidence, Pistorius began to wail and Judge Thokozile Masipa called an adjournment. Just over an hour later and after court resumed, Pistorius again broke down when replying to a question on why he had opened fire, causing a second adjournment.

The prosecution has said Pistorius’s account of a mistaken shooting is a lie. Mr Nel opened the fourth day of cross-examination by alleging that Pistorius had “concocted” his account of the shooting.

The athlete said yesterday that he was on medication and traumatised while in a jail cell at the time of his bail statement, which could account for any discrepancies with his later evidence.

The trial continues.