Expert: Oscar Pistorius ‘Broke Every Rule’ Night He Shot Girlfriend
(PRETORIA, South Africa) — The man who taught Oscar Pistorius how to shoot — and sold him guns — said on Tuesday that Pistorius had “broken every rule” of gun safety the night he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door.
Pistorius’ murder trial was focused largely Tuesday on his lawyer criticizing the police investigation. Reviewing photos taken by police of the murder scene and the time stamps on the photos, defense lawyer Barry Roux repeatedly pointed out how key objects had been moved.
Pistorius, 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, but Pistorius claims that he mistook her during the night for an intruder.
ABC News obtained fresh documents on Tuesday, including used targets from Pistorius’ practice shooting showing a series of shots all close to the bullseye.
Earlier court testimony detailed the arsenal of guns that Pistorius had and his former teacher Sean Rens told the court that Pistorius had a “great love and enthusiasm for guns.”
Rens also testified that Pistorius was aware of gun safety and had passed a firearms safety test. He read from a written firearms test he administered to Pistorius, demonstrating that Pistorius understood when it may and may not be acceptable to discharge a firearm.
One specific hypothetical question outlined a scenario in which one sees strange armed men in one’s home stealing a stereo. Only in the scenario where two armed man advance on him in his home, with no security gate between them, did Pistorius reply that he would fire his gun.
In the section on “the importance of target identification”, Pistorius answered, “Know your target and what lies beyond it.”
In an interview with ABC News Tuesday, Rens said that shooting Steenkamp through a bathroom door without knowing for certain who was on the other side violated that rule.
“That came as a big surprise to the general public because…he got the answers correct when he took the test not too long ago, but unfortunately the night of the shooting he’s broken every rule,” Rens said.
Pistorius passed the written test just weeks before shooting Steenkamp.
Pistorius, the paralympian known as Blade Runner, could get at least 25 years in prison if convicted of her murder.
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