PRETORIA – Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs will be called upon as a surprise last-minute addition to the witness list, sources within the Oscar Pistorius defence team revealed.
“We’re desperately in need of a real expert if Oscar is to be saved,” whispered a source that would rather not be named.
This hasty move came about as a result of Gerrie Nel’s brutal exposure of the defence’s expert witness Roger Dixon’s apparent ineptitude.Dixon, a forensic geologist at the University of Pretoria and a former policeman, was supposed to contradict parts of the evidence given by a police ballistics expert and the state pathologist who examined the body of Reeva Steenkamp, in an attempt to strengthen Pistorius’s case.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned Mr Dixon’s integrity in order to discredit his testimony. “What expert skills did you use?” Nel asked, to which Dixon replied: “I made a bat sound.”
“So your expertise was wielding the cricket bat?” Nel demanded to know.
Ultimately, Dixon admitted that he’s only a layman.
In order to rescue Oscar’s case, the defence will need to acquire the services of a real expert.
“My expertise is wielding a cricket bat,” confirmed Herschelle Gibbs in a brief statement at the Cape Town International Airport. Gibbs was rushing to make it to Pretoria to attend the rest of the Pistorius trial.
“My record is well known to everyone,” he continued. “I’ve certainly scored a few runs in my time.
Gibbs played in 90 test matches and scored 6 167 runs at an average of 41.95, and also scored 8 094 runs in 248 ODIs, at an average of 36.13.
Law experts believe that Advocate Barry Roux will attempt to prove that Oscar was not a top order batsman, and therefore bashed down the bathroom door purely by accident.
The former Protea opener is confident that he will be a competent witness. “I’m very familiar with the evidence,” he explained. “My signature can be seen on the bat used by Oscar to bash down the door.”
“In my current capacity as a cricket commentator for SABC Sport, I describe the wielding of bats all day long,” insisted Gibbs. “As such, I should be able to describe Oscar’s stroke making beautifully.”
According to Gibbs, he’s not afraid of the cross-examination tactics employed by Nel, by now nicknamed “The Pittbull” because of his aggressive style. “I’ve faced [Australian bowler] Glen McGrath,” he remarked. After surviving that, Gerrie will seem like a bit of a pie chucker.” BN
While serving time and trying to fight the system from the inside, Barend learnt a thing or two about the law. He follows the law closely, from a distance, and the law follows him. Do not tell anyone that he’s out.
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