The United States company behind the unusual video in which Oscar Pistorius re-enacts his shooting of his girlfriend says its animated 3D films of crime scenes have helped to win multi-million dollar lawsuits, including payouts for victims of accidental shootings.
Based in Cleveland, the firm, The Evidence Room, creates detailed animations which have been used as evidence in numerous trials, mainly in the United States. It claims its 3D recreations recently helped to win a $US39 million settlement for the family of a highway inspector killed in a road accident and a $US3.5 million settlement involving a police raid in which heavily armed officers killed a man watching television.
Pistorius’s uncle hired Evidence Room in October 2013 to create the animated recreation but it was not shown during the trial, according to Australia’s Channel Seven.
Pistorius’s lawyer has accused the broadcaster of “unlawfully” airing the video and said the station had agreed not to air it until the end of the trial. Channel Seven said it obtained the video legally and only showed it in Australia.
Scott Roder, The Evidence Room’s head, provided a running commentary on the Pistorius footage for Channel Seven's Sunday Night program."If you look at the evidence Oscar's clearly not guilty," Mr Roder said.
Mr Roder, who claims to have worked on “1,000-plus cases”, said he believed that Pistorius shot at his bathroom door and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after she frightened him by moving a magazine rack inside the bathroom.
Standing before a screen showing a video game-style animated recreation of the shooting, complete with the sounds of Pistorius’s anguished screams, Mr Roder said: “Now he’s really panicked, he turns the light on and realises the door is locked and the key must be on the inside. So he goes outside to the balcony.”
Mr Roder said neighbours who claimed they heard a woman screaming had actually heard Pistorius. He also refutes claims that there were several sets of gunshots, saying his forensic examination supported Pistorius’s claim that the sounds were from him breaking down the bathroom door with a cricket bat.
Have you been following the case? I've kind of lost interest, it seems to be dragging.