Pistorius witness felt 'attacked' on stand

Pretoria - Annette Stipp, one of the prosecution's witnesses in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, said being questioned on the stand felt like a personal attack, The Times reported on Monday.

"We feel [like we were] trampled by a bus," she reportedly said in an interview for a research paper on the trauma of being a witness in a criminal trial.

She said Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux's presentation of his heads of argument earlier this month was harrowing. He described Stipp and her husband's testimony as "exaggerated and contradictory".

"You feel like you are being attacked personally. Your integrity is questioned. We felt that [we] were being attacked as liars." Stipp said.

The research paper by Karen Tewson, head of court preparation at the National Prosecuting Authority found that many witnesses and victims are traumatised and suffer victimisation on the witness stand, often during cross examination.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will hand down judgment in the murder trial on 11 September.

Pistorius was charged with murder following the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He shot her through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. He claimed he mistook her for an intruder.

Stipp, who lived nearby, testified about gunshots followed by female screams that she said she heard on the morning of the shooting.

David Van Schalkwyk 2014-08-25 10:39:34 AM
That just means that the Lawyer did what he was supposed to do...
Nin Ja Kitty 2014-08-25 10:40:31 AM
It is not the greatest of experiences. You are on display before a room full of strangers. These feelings are not uncommon.
Sulette Behnke 2014-08-25 10:46:33 AM
It's normal why should this get any time on national news?
Ryan Newborn 2014-08-25 10:53:50 AM
Adrian Woon.... Defence Adv
Lorenzo Bessick 2014-08-25 11:00:06 AM
And this is news worthy how???
FNWitch 2014-08-25 11:07:09 AM
Grow up - it's not personal. The defence is just doing his job. If he didn't cross examine you and try to poke holes in your story, he would be failing his client.
Natalie Ryder 2014-08-25 11:22:59 AM
Yes ... and your point is? Can you imagine how poor Oscar felt?!
Raymond Randall 2014-08-25 11:23:41 AM
All of the state witnesses proved beyond a doubt wat a lying snivelling douche bag pistorious is !! They must remove that psycho from society ASAP
Alexandra Witt 2014-08-25 11:58:32 AM
Madame is looking for attention.
Peter Mclaren 2014-08-25 12:38:54 PM
I cannot understand why nobody asked if the door WAS LOCKED OR UNLOCKED.