‘I heard her breathing’ – Oscar Pistorius

2014-04-15 11:13

After Oscar Pistorius broke into the toilet door in which Reeva Steenkamp had been shot, he heard her breathing, the North Gauteng High Court heard today.

“I pulled her around onto me and then I heard her breathing, and then I tried to get her up,” Pistorius said today during cross-examination by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Pistorius is accused of murdering Steenkamp in his home in Pretoria on February 14 last year. He shot her through the locked door of his toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him. She was hit in the hip, arm and head.

Nel asked him about the position of the magazine rack in the cubicle after he broke into the toilet to get to Steenkamp. Pistorius claimed he heard the rack moving before he fired the shots. Ballistics expert Captain Chris Mangena previously testified for the state that Steenkamp fell onto the rack after she was shot in the hip.

“I scuffled [sic] around with my legs, which is probably where I kicked the magazine rack,” Pistorius said.

Nel asked him if his kicking of the rack was a memory, or if he thought it happened.

“It’s what I think,” he replied.

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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