PRETORIA, South Africa -- Hunched over, vomiting into a bucket by his feet and retching loudly, Oscar Pistorius was vividly reminded at his murder trial Monday of the gruesome injuries he inflicted on his girlfriend when a pathologist described how the Olympian fatally shot her multiple times with bullets designed to cause maximum damage. Air Force 1 Alte Bianche . The testimony by Prof. Gert Saayman, who performed the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamps body, was so graphic that it was not broadcast or reported live on social media by journalists under an order from Judge Thokozile Masipa. Saayman methodically listed the extent of the three main gunshot wounds Steenkamp suffered on Valentines Day last year when she was shot by the double-amputee runner in the right side of the head, the right hip and the right arm through a toilet cubicle door. The pathologist said Steenkamp, 29, was hit by special Black Talon bullets and that the head shot from Pistorius 9 mm pistol was probably almost instantly fatal, causing brain damage and multiple fractures to her skull. Bent over while sitting on a wooden bench, Pistorius vomited when Saayman reached his right hand up toward the right side of his own head to show the entrance and exit wounds in Steenkamps skull. Masipa briefly halted the testimony to ask chief defence lawyer Barry Roux to attend to his client. The judge later asked whether Pistorius was able to understand the proceedings as he sat with hands clasped over his ears, his body heaving. "Is your client fine?" the judge asked Roux. Roux replied: "Its not going to be fine." Roux said Pistorius reaction was not going to change. A dark bucket with a handle was placed at his feet. Pistorius vomited at least two other times and cried. He is charged with premeditated murder for killing Steenkamp and could face up to life in prison if convicted. The prosecution contends the shooting followed a loud argument between the couple. The defence maintains that he shot her by mistake, thinking she was an intruder. Through the sounds of Pistorius retching in the dock, the pathologist testified that he was able to identify the ammunition from a bullet fragment lodged at the bottom of Steenkamps skull. The bullets were designed to expand on impact and cause severe damage. The hip and arm wounds were also severe, and the right arm was broken, the pathologist said, adding that any of the three gunshot wounds in isolation could have been fatal. Saayman stood through his testimony to indicate the location of Steenkamps bullet wounds by touching his hand to his own head, arm and hip. He noted that Steenkamp also had a wound on her left hand, possibly from a bullet, and described abrasions and smaller injuries caused by splinters, which he said were consistent with bullets fired through a wooden object. Away from the courthouse, JC de Klerk, a forensic ballistic specialist who used to work for the South African police, agreed with Saayman that the headshot likely killed Steenkamp immediately. "If the doctor found a Black Talon bullet inside her head ... she would have died, I would say, not in seconds but in milliseconds," de Klerk told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. De Klerk said the bullets were rare in South Africa and designed to cause "excessive wounds." The detailed evidence regarding the injuries is important because, for one, Pistorius has claimed that Steenkamp was slumped over but alive when he eventually reached her after shooting her in error thinking she was a dangerous intruder. That appears unlikely given Saaymans testimony, but the pathologist did note that sometimes it takes a little time for a persons heart to stop after a devastating head injury. But his testimony also could harm the prosecutions claims that Steenkamp screamed during the shooting, unless prosecutors can show that the head shot was the last one to hit her. Saayman also said that judging by the food contents in her stomach, Steenkamp probably last ate no more than two hours before her death. Steenkamp was shot after 3 a.m., meaning she must have eaten after 1 a.m. That hinted at another possible wrinkle in Pistorius account because he claims the couple was in the bedroom by 10 p.m. Pistorius defence team has indicated it will submit its own autopsy report to support his claim that the killing was a tragic accident. If convicted on the murder charge, Pistorius, 27, could be sent to prison for at least 25 years before the chance of parole, the minimum time someone must serve if given a life sentence in South Africa. The judge will ultimately deliver the verdict and decide on any sentence. South Africa has no trial by jury. Air Force 1 Mid Nere . Today, well look at five frontcourt players today, here from the Bay Area. 1. AMIR JOHNSON (Raptors): I cant figure out what the issue or problem is, but based upon what Im seeing, hes not right. Air Force 1 Doernbecher . - The Seattle Seahawks have signed nine players to 2014 future contracts, including quarterback B.With the second half of the season well underway and a two-and-a-half week Olympic break coming up, the NHLs Mar. 5 Trade Deadline isnt that far off and teams will be making decisions on whether to buy, sell and decide which players can make the biggest difference and hold the greatest value. Check out todays trade rumours and speculation from around the NHL beat. And follow TSN.ca through Deadline Day for all the updates. One Stays, Two Go? TSN Hockey analyst Bob McKenzie said on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor that he believes Nonis will trade forward Nazem Kadri or defenceman Jake Gardiner if Nonis acknowledges that head coach Randy Carlyle will not use those players. However, McKenzie notes that before the trading either Kadri or Gardiner the Leafs would have to be sure they are staying with Carlyle as coach long-term. McKenzie adds Nonis currently has no appetite for a coaching change but could make one if the Leafs continue to struggle. TSNs Darren Dreger said Friday on SportsCentre that he had recently spoken to Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis, who is willing to make a blockbuster trade or a small deal before the deadline. Dreger reports the Leafs are interested in a top-line centre, a big time winger or a top defenceman. Dreger believes tthe Leafs will have trouble acquiring any of those and more likely, no trade will occur. Air Force 1 Outlet Italia. Looking for Scorers Randy Miller of NJ.com believes the New Jersey Devils will look to add a scorer before the trade deadline. Miller speculates that the Devils will likely have Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche, Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Moulson, Calgary Flames Mike Cammalleri, Winnnipeg Jets forwards Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi and Brad Boyes of the Florida Panthers on their list as they look for help. Short-Term Answer Kevin Allen of USA Today predicts the Pittsburgh Penguins will trade for a scorer to help replace injured forward Pascal Dupuis. The Penguins will have cap space after placing Dupuis on long-term injured reserve and could look at Moulson, Setoguchi, Jokinen or Lee Stepniak of the Calgary Flames according to Allen. Selling, Not Buying Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun believes the Flames could trade Cammalleri, Stepniak, Matt Stajan and Chris Butler before the trade deadline. All four will be unrestricted free agents after this season. Francis also speculates that defenceman Dennis Wideman could be traded if a team is willing to pick up contract and he waives his no-movement clause. ' ' '
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