Oscar's last supper with Reeva

2014-04-08 14:04
Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

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Pretoria – Murder accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday began recounting the hours before he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home last year.

When he came home on 13 February last year, he and Steenkamp appeared to have had an evening like many other couples, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard.

Led by his lawyer Barry Roux, Pistorius said he found Steenkamp in the kitchen making supper. They chatted briefly and he went upstairs to take a bath.

They ate supper shortly after 19:00.

"After dinner we sat at the dining room table for a while. We chatted about my day and about the contract she was going to sign."

They watched TV and he helped Steenkamp clear the table.

She asked him if he wanted anything to drink.

"I said yes. I can't remember if it was coffee or tea."

He went upstairs and she joined him a few minutes later.

"Around 20:00, I came to my room and opened the balcony doors."

When he got to the room Steenkamp lay on the bed surfing social media, occasionally showing him pictures of cars or interior decorating, with the television on.

He spoke to his cousin who was coming up from Port Elizabeth.

He explained his night-time routine of locking the bedroom door and putting his cricket bat between his bedroom door and a sunglasses cabinet to block the door.

Alarm

He said he would usually set the burglar alarm with a remote in his hand once he had locked his bedroom door.

But because his house was being repainted, the door alarms did not work.

While he was chatting to his cousin, Steenkamp started doing floor exercises and yoga.

The double-amputee was airing his prosthetic legs after a day of being in a suit.

Steenkamp went to the bathroom to brush her teeth and called him to brush his too. He put his legs back on and went and brushed his teeth.

On his return to the room, he found her lying on the middle of the bed.

He moved to the left side of the bed, not his usual side, because his shoulder was sore and he had been receiving physiotherapy for this.

He placed his firearm behind the bedside table on the left side of the bed.

Pistorius has denied murdering Steenkamp as the State alleges, saying he thought there was an intruder in the house when he shot through the toilet door and killed her.

- SAPA

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