Oscar witnesses felt obliged to come forward

2014-03-04 16:21

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Pretoria - The couple who heard a woman screaming the night Oscar Pistorius shot dead Reeva Steenkamp felt morally obliged to come forward, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"We initially did not want to get involved," IT project manager Charl Johnson said to questioning from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

As he and his wife Michelle Burger were driving to Mpumalanga on 22 February last year, they heard Oscar Pistorius's bail application on the radio.

They realised the Paralympic athlete's version of the early morning hours of 14 February differed from their own experience.

They contacted a lawyer friend, and a few days later police Captain Mike van Aardt came to their home to take their statements.

The couple's townhouse, in the Silver Stream Estate, is 177m from Pistorius's in the neighbouring Silver Woods Country Estate.

The court adjourned at 15:00.

Unlike on Monday, Pistorius's family were not in a hurry to leave the court.

Pistorius seemed more at ease, looking at the public gallery and talking to two police officers with his sister Aimee.

The State will try to prove that Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he shot and killed Steenkamp through a 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 her for an intruder when he shot through the toilet door.

- SAPA
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