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JOHANNESBURG---Newly released video
footage shows Oscar Pistorius participating
in a re-enactment of how he says he fatally
shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and then
carried her out of a toilet cubicle in his
Australian broadcaster Channel Seven
showed the footage yesterday, a day before
the trial resumes today. That prompted crit-
icism from a lawyer for the double-amputee
athlete who said the re-enactment was
made with the help of a US-based company
last year as part of the defence team s trial
In the video, Pistorius is seen walking on
his stumps with an arm outstretched and
fist clenched, as though holding a gun. It
also shows Pistorius carrying a woman. It
is unclear where the re-enactment was
The Paralympian has said he carried
Steenkamp after mistakenly shooting her
through a closed toilet door because he
thought there was an intruder in his home.
The prosecution says he intentionally killed
the 29-year-old model after they argued in
the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013.
In a statement, lawyer Brian Webber said
the defence team hired The Evidence Room,
a US-based company, to "to visually map
the events on the night of the accident"
and that video footage was filmed as part
of that process. The video has not been
shown in the trial.
The footage shown by the Australian
broadcaster was obtained illegally, Webber
"For the family, the airing of this footage
constitutes a staggering breach of trust
and an invasion of the family s privacy,"
he said, adding that, "We cannot imagine
how any of the footage would not support
Oscar s version."
A switchboard operator at Channel Seven said their
offices were closed and no one was available to com-
ment. The Evidence Room did not immediately return
a request for comment.
Pistorius, who is free on bail, faces 25 years to life
in prison if found guilty of premeditated murder. He
also faces separate gun-related charges. (AP)
Video footage shows Pistorius re-enacting killing
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland poses with his
trophy after winning the French Open Golf
tournament at Paris National course in Guyancourt,
west of Paris, France, yesterday. AP PHOTO
McDowell rallies to
cop French Open
of Northern Ireland came from eight shots back
to retain his French Open title yesterday, shooting
a 4-under 67 in pouring rain to win by one shot.
McDowell made the best of the tough conditions,
making five birdies and a bogey for the lowest round
of the day to finish with a 5-under 279 total.
"That goes back to my upbringing a little bit in
my teens, playing through all weathers and con-
ditions," McDowell said. "Playing golf in bad weather
is an art form. Some guys are good at it, some guys
Overnight leader Kevin Stadler only managed a
76 to share second place with Thongchai Jaidee,
who carded a 72. Stadler still had a chance to win
it on the on the last hole, but he missed a long
birdie putt. He then failed to even force a playoff
when he missed a three-footer for par.
"I think it s very hard to lose the same tournament
twice on the same day and I managed to do it,"
McDowell had seven top-10 finishes this year on
the European Tour and PGA Tour before entering
Stadler went into the final round with a four-
shot lead over Thongchai and Victor Riu. He even
got a five-stroke cushion when Riu found water off
the tee of the second hole for a double bogey.
Soon, Stadler put himself in trouble by missing
short par putts on No 4 and No 6. He then dou-
ble-bogeyed No 7 by hooking his tee shot into the
rough before missing the fairway with his second
Another errant tee shot from Stadler on No 8
gave Riu a share of the lead.
"It was absolutely miserable," Stadler said about
the weather. "We don t play in that stuff in the
Four players then shared the lead when McDowell
and Jamie Donaldson made birdies on the 13th and
14th, respectively, to join Stadler and Riu atop the
McDowell sank a birdie putt from more than 20
feet on No 16 to move three strokes clear. But Stadler
made a strong charge to get back into contention,
tying the defending champion with a birdie on that
After finishing his round, McDowell was preparing
for a playoff with Stadler, but a huge roar from the
crowd told him the American had missed his par
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