Oscar said he wouldn’t shoot burglars in firearms competency test

2014-03-17 13:43

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If burglars broke down Oscar Pistorius’ burglar bars, entered his home and began stealing a very expensive hi-fi, he would not shoot them.

At least, that’s what the athlete said he would do when he wrote a test related to a licensing application for firearms.

This was the testimony of Sean Rens, a firearm service provider who assisted Pistorius with a wish list of firearms, which would have been the envy of a professional soldier.

Included on this list was a Smith & Wesson 500, a revolver described by Shooting Times as the “biggest, heaviest, most powerful factory-production double-action revolver in the world”.

Also on the list were two assault rifles, including the civilian variant of the R4, three shotguns and another revolver.

Rens testified that he knew Pistorius to be someone who had a “great love and enthusiasm for guns”.

The competency tests, which Rens administered to Pistorius, made it clear that he was well aware of what the prerequisites were for opening fire on an intruder in your home, namely, that an unlawful attack against yourself or another person must have commenced.

Some of the questions relate to a hypothetical situation in which two strange men jump over the wall of a house in a remote area with no nearby police or security services.

“The two strange men come to your house and proceed to break off the burglar bars of one of your windows, they enter through the window, go to the lounge and start to remove an extremely expensive hi-fi. Can you discharge a firearm?”

Oscar responded “no” to this question.

He also responded in the negative to a question in which he was asked if he could lawfully open fire on the burglars if they threatened him and he was behind a security gate.

The transaction for all the new weapons was cancelled a month after Steenkamp had been shot.

Just before lunch today, Warrant Officer Bennie van Staden, the police’s crime scene photographer, was testifying about the 15 albums of photographs he had taken at the scene.

Van Staden will likely be cross-examined about objects that were moved when photographs were taken.

He has tried to explain that he photographed the scene as he initially found it before moving anything.

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