Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete's cross-examination begins (full transcript)
Wednesday 09 April 2014
State Prosecutor Gerrie Nel, known in South Africa as the 'pit bull', has started his cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius's murder case in brutal fashion. Read the full transcript below:
Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel- You still are one of the most recognized faces in the world, do you agree?
Oscar Pistorius- I agree my lady.
GN- You are a model for both disabled and able-bodied sportsmen all over the world.
OP- I think I was my lady. I’ve made a terrible mistake and….
GN- You made a mistake?
OP- That’s correct.
GN- You killed a person, that’s what you did, isn’t it?
OP- I made a mistake.
GN- You killed Reeva Steenkamp, that’s what you did.
OP- I made a mistake.
GN- You’re repeating it three times – what was your mistake?
OP- My mistake was that I took Reeva’s life my lady.
GN- You killed her! You shot and killed her! Won’t you take responsibility for that?
OP- I did my lady.
GN- Then say it then, say yes – I shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp.
OP- I did my lady.
GN- Okay then. Mr Pistorius, people look up at you as a sport hero. Is that correct?
OP- I don’t check any of my media things any more, I don’t check any of my media reports. I know that lots of people’s opinions of me have changed. I know people in the past did look up to me.
GN- Let’s talk about in the past – before you killed Reeva, people looked up to you?
OP- That’s correct my lady.
GN- You have a responsibility to now tell the truth. Let us get to the truth.
OP- I think I have a responsibility for myself and Reeva to tell the truth my lady.
GN- And you will now?
OP- I’m here to tell the truth, the truth as much as I can remember on that night.
GN- And you will not hide things from the court?
OP- I won’t my lady.
GN- And coupled with that, you live strictly on Christian principles?
OP- I try to my lady. I’m human, I make many faults, I have sins. I am a Christian because of the reason that I’m a sinner, the Lord said he came down for the people that had sins. I don’t always think the things I do are right.
GN- But as a Christian, you will not lie.
OP - I will try not to lie my lady, as I said, I’m human. I’m here to tell the truth.
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