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9 Apr 2014
12:26 pm

Oscar trial: ‘Zombie stopper’ video shown in court

A video in which paralympian Oscar Pistorius refers to a gun as "a zombie stopper" was allowed to be screened in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Oscar Pistorius reacts during his murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Thursday, 13 March 2014. The Paralympian pleaded not guilty to murder, although he admits killing Reeva Steenkamp by shooting her through a locked bathroom door. He mistook her for a burglar in his house, saying he made a tragic but understandable mistake. The murder trial has been compared to that of the OJ Simpson case in the United States 20 years ago. Picture: Alet Pretorius/Pool

Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius, said he would not persist with his objection if the State did not see it as part of its evidence.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel agreed and the video was shown.


The video, of Pistorius and several other people at a shooting range, shows the murder accused firing at a watermelon with a handgun. As he hits it and it explodes, there are whoops of triumph.

“It’s not as soft as brains but f*** it’s a zombie stopper,” a person who sounds much like Pistorius is heard saying. The video found its way online.

Pistorius shot Steenkamp, apparently thinking she was an intruder, through the locked door of his toilet on February 14 last year.

He found her slumped over the toilet after he broke the toilet door down. She was shot in the hip, arm, and head.

The athlete is charged with the murder of Steenkamp and with contraventions of the Firearms Control Act. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty on all the charges.