By John Mkhize PRETORIA (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius was on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend, a South African police forensic expert said on Wednesday, countering the Paralympic star's assertion he was wearing his prosthetic legs at the time. Wielding the cricket bat in his hands, police colonel Johannes Vermeulen knelt down before swinging it at the wooden door in a court reconstruction to show the angle of the marks and to suggest they could only have been made by someone much shorter than him. The 27-year-old double amputee is charged with the murder of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, whom he shot through the locked toilet door on Valentine's Day last year.
Billionaire financier George Soros said on Wednesday it would not be practical for an independent Scotland to keep sterling but that a separate currency would be "potentially dangerous". "I don't think that Scotland leaving and becoming independent and yet remaining part of sterling and (the) Bank of England is actually practical," Soros said in London. He said an independent currency would be "very inefficient and potentially dangerous", adding that the alternative was for Scotland to become a member of the euro zone.