Oscar Pistorius was overcome with emotions on Monday, as he continues to stand trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The Olympian sprinter reportedly was spotted vomiting and sobbing in the courtroom when details were revealed about the model’s death.
Pathologist Gert Saayman took the stand to describe the injuries sustained by Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013. The information from the autopsy was too much for Pistorius to bear. He wept and threw up into a bucket during Saayman’s testimony, using his hands to cover his ears.
Steenkamp was killed by Pistorius when the 27-year-old shot her through the bathroom door. He contends that he thought he was firing at an intruder, while his girlfriend was asleep in their bed. Steenkamp died after being hit with three gunshots in the head, arm and hip.
A broadcast blackout was imposed for Saayman’s testimony. Judge Thokozile Masipa claimed it was out of respect for Steenkamp’s family, and said it would be “against the morals of society.”
According to Saayman, the shot to the head likely killed Steenkamp immediately. Even if that shot had missed, the bullet in her hip could have been fatal, as well. The third shot left Steenkamp with a shattered right upper arm.
The trial began last week, with testimonies from witnesses who claimed to have heard a woman’s screams on the night of the shooting. Pistorius claims the couple did not have an argument, and the screams came from him. Saayman is the first expert witness to testify.