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Oscar accused of ‘play-acting’

Pretoria: The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Monday accused the track star of using motional breakdowns under cross-examination to evade answering questions about the night he killed his girlfriend.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel, said the athlete was just putting on an act to avoid having to answer his questions.

Nel questioned why Pistorius would get upset when being asked about whether he did or did not open doors leading from his bedroom to a balcony to shout for help minutes after the shooting.

“I cannot see how that can cause you to be emotional because you cannot remember how to open a door. We’re not talking about Reeva,” Nel said, referring to previous breakdowns.

“You’re not using your emotional state as an escape are you?” Nel said, raising his eyebrows and shaking his head.

“Get the f*** out of my house! Get the f*** out of my house!” a trembling Pistorius said when asked to state precisely what he screamed at the perceived intruder. He then burst into tears as family members in the public gallery rushed to comfort him.