Oscar Pistorius breaks down recalling moment he shot dead Reeva Steenkamp


Oscar Pistorius trial: Athlete recalls moment he shot Reeva Steenkamp On trial: Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears in court (Picture: AP)

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial had to be adjourned after the double-amputee broke down in tears describing the moment he realised he had shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The South African sprinter retched and sobbed uncontrollably on the witness stand as he spoke publicly for the first time about the details of last year’s Valentine’s Day shooting.

He took off his prosthetic legs and stood by the toilet door which he had fired into while recalling the ‘moment when everything changed’, telling the court in Pretoria he thought intruders had entered his house.

‘I got to the entrance of the bathroom at the end of the passage where I stopped screaming. At this point I was certain that the intruders were in the bathroom,’ he explained.

epa04158910 June Steenkamp, mother of murdered model Reeva Steenkamp reacts to the testimony of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius during his ongoing murder trial, Pretoria, South Africa, 08 April 2014. There is no television or photographic coverage of Oscar Pistorius' testimony allowed. Pistorius stands trial for the premeditated murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK / POOL June Steenkamp, mother of murdered model Reeva Steenkamp, in court (Picture: EPA)

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