Oscar tells of moments after shooting, arrest

2014-04-09 11:13
Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius was told he was being arrested because he was the only person in the house where his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Wednesday.

Guided by his lawyer Barry Roux SC, he said he called the estate manager and Netcare 911 to ask for help after realising he had shot Steenkamp.

He had fired four shots through his bathroom door, believing there was an intruder in his house.

The place filled up with people after the shooting.

"Every time I looked up there were more people in the house. There were more policemen, there were more people going up and down the stairs," he said.

He retreated to the pantry of the house in Pretoria.

Blood

He had asked if he could wash his hands because the smell of Steenkamp's blood was making him cry.

"I don't remember washing my chest. I just remember washing my hands and washing my face."

Warrant Officer Hilton Botha, later removed from the case, had checked upstairs after his arrival and a Colonel Van Rensburg had joined him in the kitchen.

He stayed in the kitchen "because every time I saw Reeva, I got sick", he said.

Steenkamp was struck three times by the Black Talon expanding bullets he fired through the toilet door.

He was taken to the garage for photographs and remained there for "several hours".

A policeman called Labuschagne arrived, said he had been sent by a family friend, and told him not to worry about anything.

Later he was told that because there was nobody else in the house he was going to be arrested.

He was warned by Labuschagne that there would be media at the gate and to put his head down.

He was taken to Mamelodi Academic Hospital for tests.

Doctor 'overwhelmed'

The first doctor to arrive at the scene appeared overwhelmed and unable to help, Pistorius said earlier.

"I looked up and saw Dr Stipp. I was crying for him to help me, to help Reeva, but it didn't seem like he knew what he was doing. He seemed overwhelmed by the situation," he told the court, prompted by Roux.

Johan Stipp, a resident in the Silver Woods estate, Pretoria, previously testified for the State that he found Steenkamp already dead on the ground floor of Pistorius's townhouse and Pistorius kneeling at her side. Pistorius had his fingers in her mouth in an attempt to help her breathe and his other hand on the bullet wound on her hip.

After a few moments Stipp got up and walked out.

"I was shouting for him to come back into the house and help me," Pistorius said.

Soon after paramedics arrived and asked for space to work on Steenkamp. Pistorius went into the kitchen.

"The paramedic came to me and said to me that she would like to inform me that Reeva had passed."

Pistorius spoke looking at Judge Thokozile Masipa, often pausing.

Tried to help Reeva

Earlier, Pistorius told the court what he did to help Steenkamp after he shot her.

"I was trying to pick Reeva up and I couldn't, I couldn't pick her up," said Pistorius who told Judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday that he fired four quick shots into the toilet when he thought he faced attack from intruders.

At 03:19 he phoned Johan Stander to ask him for help as he was "struggling to pick her up".

He had already tried to phone for help on Steenkamp's phone in the toilet but did not know her password so had gone back to the room to fetch his own.

At 03:20 he called private ambulance service Netcare 911 and although he did not remember speaking to the operator, he remembered being told to take "Reeva to the hospital" and not wait.

He does not remember a call logged to security at 03:21. He ran downstairs to open the front door to let everyone in.

He went back up to the bathroom and picked Steenkamp up.

When he got the second flight of stairs, Stander and his daughter arrived and he was screaming to them to help him get Steenkamp to the hospital.


- SAPA

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