Oscar Pistorius ‘was falling apart’ at scene of Reeva’s death

2014-05-05 14:54

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Oscar Pistorius was pleading with Reeva Steenkamp to stay with him while he desperately attempted to staunch the blood flowing from her near-lifeless body.

“Stay with me, my love,” is what witness Carice Viljoen recalls Pistorius saying when she was the first person to encounter him at his home after the fatal shooting on February 14 2013.

Viljoen, who is the defence’s fifth witness, testified that she was woken by her dog barking after which she heard a man screaming for help.

Shortly after this, Viljoen realised her parents were awake. She testified that her mother told her that Pistorius had phoned her father, Johan Stander.

Stander, who also testified for the defence earlier in the day, said Pistorius had said: “Oom Johan, please, please, please come to my house, I shot Reeva. I thought she was an intruder.”

This was the first phone call Pistorius made after the shooting.

Viljoen also said that Pistorius repeated to her that he had shot Reeva, thinking she was an intruder.

This means that within an hour of the shooting, Pistorius told all three people who first encountered him at the scene that he had killed Steenkamp, believing she was an intruder.

Dr Johan Stipp, who arrived at the scene shortly after the Standers, but who was called as a state witness, was the third.

Both Stander and Viljoen became emotional on the stand, as they described encountering a “broken” Pistorius.

“It’s not something I would like to experience again.

“This young man with a young woman in his arms, I could see the expression of pain. He was crying, he was praying, he was asking God to help him, he was falling apart,” said Stander.

He also testified that it was difficult to describe Pistorius’ commitment to trying to save Streenkamp’s life.

Both Stander and Viljoen were seen having a friendly chat with Pistorius after their testimony.

Court adjourned early today after Prosecutor Gerrie Nel took less time than expected in cross-examining Stander and Viljoen.

This meant Advocate Barry Roux did not have any further witnesses to call.

The matter will resume tomorrow.

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