Oscar trial: Friend took the rap for restaurant gunshot

2014-03-05 15:25
Oscar Pistorius appears in the North Gauteng High Court. (Alon Skuy, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius appears in the North Gauteng High Court. (Alon Skuy, Pool)

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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's friend Darren Fresco took the blame for a shot the paralympic athlete allegedly fired in a restaurant, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

"Mr Fresco said when he spoke to the restaurant owners that the gun caught on his pants. He did take the rap [blame]," professional boxer Kevin Lerena said during questioning by Barry Roux, for Pistorius.

Lerena testified before lunch that Pistorius asked Fresco to take the blame for the shot that went off.

Pistorius had taken the gun from him under a table at Tasha's restaurant in Johannesburg on Friday 11 January 2013, around lunchtime.

Lerena, Pistorius, Fresco and British sprinter Martyn Rooney were sitting together at the time. The bullet went into the floor under the table, grazing Lerena's toe.

The State will try to prove that Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he shot Reeva Steenkamp through the toilet door in his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

In addition, he is charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and recklessly discharging a firearm in public.

Pistorius contends he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot through the toilet door.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  pistorius trial

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