Neighbour’s evidence contradictory, Oscar Pistorius lawyer argues

2014-03-07 11:07

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer today said there were contradictions in evidence submitted by a radiologist testifying in Pistorius’ murder trial at the high court in Pretoria.

Barry Roux, SC, was questioning Johan Stipp on the testimony he delivered yesterday.

According to Roux, Stipp, who lived close to Pistorius’ home at the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria, first said: “I saw the lights on, looked out and then heard the screaming.” Later he said he first heard the woman screaming and looked around, wanting to establish where the screams were coming from.

In response, Stipp said: “My actions were all simultaneous. Remember, I’m a radiologist. I see in pictures. I’m talking, I’m looking, I’m seeing. I am trained to do that,” said Stipp.

Stipp was one of the first people to arrive at Pistorius’ home after Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius claims he had mistaken her for an intruder.

Roux went on to question Stipp about a series of calls he made to request help while still at home.

He asked whether Stipp was sure about his testimony that he had twice tried to call the security at the complex. Stipp said he had called twice because he could not get through the first time.

Roux said the state had provided phone records of the security company that showed that Stipp’s first call did not go through, but the second call went unanswered.

Stipp maintained he was able to get through to security on his second try.

The state was trying to prove that Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he shot Steenkamp through the locked bathroom door at his home. Pistorius is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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