Video footage of Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the events that he says led to the shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013 were broadcast by Australia’s Channel 7 on Sunday.
In the video, commissioned by the athlete’s legal team, Pistorius shows how he moved through the house without his prosthetics while carrying a gun. He has said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder before shooting her four times with a 9-mm pistol through the bathroom door, the Hamilton Spectator reports.
The 27-year-old athlete’s sister, Aimee, acts a body double for Steenkamp, and Pistorius is seen picking her up and carrying her as he said he did with Steenkamp’s body the night she died.
Filmed in Pistorius’ uncle’s house (the actual shooting occurred at Pistorius’ own home), the video was created by Cleveland-based forensic animation firm the Evidence Room. Pistorius’ lawyers say the footage was obtained illegally by Channel 7.
“We wish to make it very clear that the material that has been aired was obtained illegally and in breach of the non-disclosure agreement with the Evidence Room,” said one of Pistorius’ lawyers, Brian Webber, in a statement Sunday.
Martin Hood, a South African criminal lawyer, told the Spectator the video could be damaging to Pistorius, as it shows that he is more mobile without his prosthetics than his defense team has suggested.
The prosecution claims Pistorius shot Steenkamp following a heated argument. If Pistorius is found guilty of premeditated murder, he could face up to 25 years in jail.