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Oscar Pistorius's defence lawyers have
probed a pathologist's explosive testimony
that Reeva Steenkamp ate hours before
she was killed, a claim that again put the
Paralympian's version of events in doubt.
Forensic pathologist Gert Saayman told the
murder trial --- now in its second week ---
that Pistorius's girlfriend ate at about 1am,
roughly two hours before her Valentine's Day
death last year.
at contradicts the South African star
sprinter's claim that the pair were in bed
asleep in his upmarket Johannesburg home
for ve hours before Steenkamp was killed.
At around 3am Pistorius shot the model
and law graduate four times with a nine
millimetre pistol in what prosecutors charge
is premeditated murder but the double-
amputee athlete says was an accident.
e 27-year-old claims he mistakenly shot
Steenkamp through a locked toilet door,
believing she was an intruder.
If found guilty of premeditated murder,
Pistorius faces 25 years in South Africa's
notoriously brutal jails and an abrupt end to
his once glittering sporting career.
Saayman told the North Gauteng High
Court yesterday that an autopsy revealed
Steenkamp's stomach contained "vegetable
It is the latest in a chain of witness testimony
that appears to call Pistorius's account of the
fateful evening into question.
Neighbours have also testi ed that they
heard a woman scream before the shots
were red, seemingly making it impossible
Pistorius did not know where Steenkamp
was when he red the shots.
e athlete's lawyer Barry Roux, now
notorious for his aggressive interrogation
style, questioned whether Saayman could say
with certainty what time that Steenkamp ate.
He asked whether she could have eaten a
larger meal at an earlier time.
Saayman admitted that was not an expert
on "gastric emptying", but academic studies
would suggest the food had been ingested
about two hours before, and pointed out he
had performed between 10,000 and 15,000
Saayman also testi ed that Steenkamp
could have gone to the toilet any time within
an hour of her death, o ering quali ed
support for Pistorius's account of events.
On Monday, Pistorius retched loudly into a
blue bucket as Saayman detailed the impact
of Steenkamp's wounds.
e 29-year-old model and budding reality
television star was hit once in the top right of
her head, once in the right elbow and once
in the right hip. She was also struck in the
webbing of her hand.
Any of the head, arm or hip wounds could
have caused Steenkamp's death, Saayman
said. --- AFP
More problems emerge
for Pistorius defence
Malaysia's military believes a jetliner missing
for almost four days, turned and ew hundreds
of kilometres to the west after it last made
contact with civilian air tra c control o
the country's east coast, a senior o cer told
In one of the most ba ing mysteries in recent
aviation history, a massive search operation for
the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER has
so far found no trace of the aircraft or the 239
passengers and crew.
Malaysian authorities have previously said
ight MH370 disappeared about an hour
after it took o from Kuala Lumpur for the
Chinese capital Beijing.
"It changed course after Kota Bharu and
took a lower altitude. It made it into the
Malacca Strait," the senior military o c e r,
who has been briefed on investigations, told
at would appear to rule out sudden
catastrophic mechanical failure, as it would
mean the plane ew around 500km at least
after its last contact with air tra c control,
although its transponder and other tracking
systems were o .
A non-military source familiar with the
investigations said the report was one of
several theories and was being checked.
At the time it lost contact with civilian air
tra c control, the plane was roughly midway
between Malaysia's east coast town of Kota
Bharu and the southern tip of Vietnam, ying
e Strait of Malacca runs along Malaysia's
Malaysia's Berita Harian newspaper quoted
air force chief Rodzali Daud as saying the
plane was last detected at 2.40am by military
radar near the island of Pulau Perak at the
northern end of the Strait of Malacca. It was
ying about 1000m lower than its previous
altitude, he was quoted as saying.
ere was no word on what happened to the
e e ect of turning o the transponder is to
make the aircraft inert to secondary radar, so
civil controllers cannot identify it. Secondary
radar interrogates the transponder and gets
information about the plane's identity, speed
It would however still be visible to primary
radar, which is used by militaries.
Police had earlier said they were investigating
whether any passengers or crew on the plane
had personal or psychological problems that
might explain its disappearance, along with the
possibility of a hijack, sabotage or mechanical
ere was no distress signal or radio contact
indicating a problem and, in the absence of
any wreckage or ight data, police have been
left trawling through passenger and crew lists
for potential leads.
"Maybe somebody on the ight has bought
a huge sum of insurance, who wants family
to gain from it or somebody who has owed
somebody so much money, you know, we
are looking at all possibilities," Malaysian
police chief Khalid Abu Bakar told a news
"We are looking very closely at the video
footage taken at the KLIA (Kuala Lumpur
International Airport), we are studying the
behavioural pattern of all the passengers."
e airline said it was taking seriously a
report by a South African woman who said
the co-pilot of the missing plane had invited
her and a female travelling companion to sit in
the cockpit during a ight two years ago, in an
apparent breach of security.
"Malaysia Airlines has become aware of the
allegations being made against rst o cer
Fariq Ab Hamid which we take very seriously.
We are shocked by these allegations. We have
not been able to con rm the validity of the
pictures and videos of the alleged incident,"
the airline said.
e woman, Jonti Roos, said in an inter view
with Australia's Channel Nine Tv that she and
her friend were invited to y in the cockpit
by Hamid and the pilot between Phuket,
and Kuala Lumpur. e tv channel showed
pictures of the four in the cockpit.
A huge search operation for the missing
plane has been mostly focused on the shallow
waters of the Gulf of ailand o Malaysia's
east coast, although the Strait of Malacca has
been included since Sunday.
Navy ships, military aircraft, helicopters,
coastguard and civilian vessels from 10 nations
have criss-crossed the seas o both coasts of
Malaysia without success.
e fact that at least two passengers on board
had used stolen passports has raised suspicions
of foul play. But South-east Asia is known as a
hub for false documents that are also used by
smugglers, illegal migrants and asylum seekers.
" e more information we get, the more we
are inclined to conclude it is not a terrorist
incident," Interpol Secretary General Ronald
China has deployed 10 satellites using
high-resolution earth imaging capabilities,
visible light imaging and other technologies
to "support and assist in the search and rescue
operations", the People's Liberation Army
United States government o cials from
the National Transportation Safety Board
and the Federal Aviation Administration
have arrived in the region to provide "any
necessary assistance" with the investigation,
White House spokesman Jay Carney said in
US planemaker Boeing has declined to
comment beyond a brief statement saying it
was monitoring the situation. --- Reuters
plane turned back
Relatives of Chinese passengers
on board missing Malaysia
Airlines ight MH370 have
declined to accept money
from the airline as distrust and
frustration at the carrier mounts.
e airline said overnight it
had o ered " nancial assistance"
of $5826 to the family of each
But a relative of one of the
passengers, from east China's
Shandong province, said: "We're
not really interested in the
"It is all about the people --- the
people on the plane. We just want
them back," she said at the Beijing
hotel where relatives and friends
of many of the 153 Chinese
passengers --- more than two-
thirds of those on board MH370
--- were waiting anxiously for
Ignatius Ong, leader of the
Malaysia Airlines (MAS)
response team in China,
con rmed that the o er had not
been taken up.
But he denied the relatives had
rejected it, saying they had asked
the airline to "review " the terms of
the acceptance form.
" ere are certain items where
there will be a di erence of
opinion," he added. " ese are
very di cult times and we also
appreciate that at this time a lot
of people are frustrated."
Relatives have endured days
of anxious waiting under an
intense media spotlight and some
appeared to begin to accept that
their loved ones may not have
"We are mentally prepared
for the worst," said one woman
surnamed Cao, who said that
her husband's brother had been
on board as part of a group
accompanying Chinese artists to
an exhibition in Malaysia.
"We feel really helpless and
haven't been to sleep for days as
we are very worried," she added.
Inside a hotel ballroom, family
members sitting in rows of
seats watch a plasma television
screening continuous news.
In the days since the Boeing
777-200 vanished from radar
screens there have been repeated
reports of oil slicks being found
and possible debris sightings, only
for them to be later ruled out.
" e wait has been absolute
torture," said a man in his 20s
surnamed Liu, from the northern
city of Tianjin, who said his
older brother was on the ight.
Passengers' relatives decline airline cash
Sri Lanka is searching for a
new hangman after the latest
recruit got upset on seeing
the gallows for the rst
time and quit, o cials said
e Prisons Department
appointed the new hangman,
the third most quali ed from
176 applicants, last week,
months after two hangmen
chosen late last year failed to
show up for work.
"We gave him one week's
training, but he resigned after
seeing the gallows, saying
that he didn't want the job,"
commissioner general of
prisons, told Reuters.
"He told me that after seeing
the gallows he got upset . . .
Next time, we will show the
gallows to the new recruits
before giving them basic
have been likely to hang
anyone anyway. e job is
light administrative work
e Indian Ocean island
nation, a predominantly
Buddhist country, has not
carried out an execution since
1976, despite the fact that
there are at least 405 convicts
on death row.
But an alarming rise in child
abuse, rapes, murders, and
drug tra cking in the country
since the 25-year war against
Tamil Tiger separatists ended
in 2009 has prompted some
lawyers and politicians to push
for the death penalty to be
reintroduced. --- Reuters
Sri Lanka looking
for new hangman
A Chinese woman chopped o
her former boyfriend's penis with
scissors and then killed him with
a hammer after he raped her, a
Hong Kong court has heard.
Yeung Ki, 41, on trial in the
city, has admitted killing 32-year-
old piano teacher Zhou Hui on
Boxing Day 2012 but denies
murder, the South China Morning
Yeung, a Chinese mainlander and
Hong Kong resident, killed Zhou
after an a air with the married
man lasting years, during which he
had deserted her while pregnant
and borrowed money without
paying it back on numerous
occasions, it said.
On the night of the killing, Zhou
"beat her, pushed her to the oor,
and slapped their daughter", then
"forcibly had sex with her", the
High Court heard, according to
After wards, she drugged him
with soup laced with sleeping pills,
cut o his penis and ushed it
down the toilet, then when he was
awakened by the pain, beat him to
death with "almost uncountable"
blows from a hammer, the paper
reported the prosecution as saying.
"Yeung Ki has been charged with
murder. e trial will last 11 days,"
a spokeswoman for the Hong
Kong judiciary told AFP.
Zhou had also told Yeung he
had nude pictures of her which he
would post on the internet unless
she gave him $30,440 to buy a
car, the South China Morning
Post reported, citing prosecutors
who appeared in court yesterday.
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