Roux dismisses State's 'baker's dozen'

Pretoria – Murder accused Oscar Pistorius's lawyer dealt with the State's "proverbial baker's dozen" used to show that he lied, in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

"My Lady, if that's a baker's dozen then I don't want to eat those cookies," Advocate Barry Roux, said to soft giggles from the public gallery.

On Thursday, prosecutor Gerrie Nel listed 13 "instances" that showed Pistorius had "incongruities and deceit" and was tailoring his version and called it the proverbial "baker's dozen".

These included Pistorius not remembering where certain items were in the bathroom and telling the court he did not remember certain aspects, only to later concede that he forgot or that his memory was not good.

Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

He shot her through the locked door of his toilet at his Pretoria home.

Pistorius has denied guilt, saying he thought she was an intruder about to open the door and attack him. The State contends he shot her during an argument and it was premeditated.

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act, one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public. He has also pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Roux said Pistorius's actions after Steenkamp was shot were not consistent with a man who was trying to kill his girlfriend.

"Why would he want her to be saved so she can turn around and say this man should be locked up - look what he did to me," Roux said.

"It's absolutely inconsistent with a man trying to kill his girlfriend."

During the trial the court heard that Pistorius carried Steenkamp down the stairs after he broke down the toilet door. He called neighbours, a hospital and paramedics to help.

The court heard that he wanted to take her to hospital and begged God to save Steenkamp.

Roux said Pistorius admitted that he could remember everything up to the shooting. Roux said he understood because it was traumatic.

Tina Butler 2014-08-09 12:05:10 AM
With respect, that was not even half of what Roux said. If the media is so hell bent on reporting on only small parts of the facts and showing clear prejudice in favour of the state, why should we bother considering any of their half baked reports as true in any way?
Mr T. 2014-08-09 12:19:38 AM
He says 'This man was crying really' crying that he short and kill someone that he now lies about,,
Francis Ncube 2014-08-09 12:34:18 AM
What gives Barry away is that raw emotion which to me seems to suggest to the paymaster that i was worth every cent. That being said he did make a few telling points, how ever for me the give away is when he says Oscar is guilty of negligence with a fire arm at Tasha's contrasting with Oscar's plea***now why contradict his own client???
Motshandi Mochandi607 2014-08-09 12:36:12 AM
There is no way in which Roux can save Pistorius, not after that affidavit, and Pistorius's performance in the witness box no way.
Bennie Kruger 2014-08-09 01:12:22 AM
All of ppl in sa had to go for new gun license were with the new rules u cant shoot if ure life is in danger if an inteuder is running awai from u u cant shoot if the intruder dose not have a gun u cant shoot. Did they waist my time and money becouse looks like u can shoot ppl even if u cant see them and even if u cant hear them Its a joke
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-09 01:14:20 AM
Missing some malema news oscar is getting boring now. .where is our little toddler clown? ???????
Pamela Mika 2014-08-09 02:21:47 AM
Its exactly what pitbull(I love me some him) said about OP's defence.. " I wasn't there, but if I was I didn't do it, and if I did I didn't mean to, and if I did I meant no harm"! OP doesn't want to take responsibility for anything, at some point he even testified that the gun went off in his hand, although not accidental but it was certainly not his intention even though he was trying to defend himself.. Argg drives me up the wall.
Pamela Mika 2014-08-09 02:22:09 AM
Its exactly what pitbull(I love me some him) said about OP's defence.. " I wasn't there, but if I was I didn't do it, and if I did I didn't mean to, and if I did I meant no harm"! OP doesn't want to take responsibility for anything, at some point he even testified that the gun went off in his hand, although not accidental but it was certainly not his intention even though he was trying to defend himself.. Argg drives me up the wall.
Stewart Hanna 2014-08-09 02:48:00 AM
5 years, out in two.Hope he can never have another gun.
Rakgadi Mokgadi 2014-08-09 02:58:43 AM
You all make interesting 'lawyers'. Some extremely good ones- others good for hubbly bubbies & tom & jerry characters. Very interesting read, but the bullies who insult those who write what they don't like- must consider shaking their heads until they froth in their mouths, as someone said. Oscar, shame- its real life now. He is now fighting for the freedom he denied Reeva. Poor soul, he must face the consequences. Thats what real life is about.