Pistorius agent questioned over travel plans

2014-07-02 11:23
Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court for his murder trial. (Werner Beukes, Sapa, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court for his murder trial. (Werner Beukes, Sapa, Pool)

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Pretoria - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel cross-examined murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius's agent Petrus van Zyl in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Van Zyl told the court he could not recall Pistorius asking him to arrange for his ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor to accompany him to the 2012 London Olympics.

This was after Nel showed him a copy of an e-mail to which Pistorius had attached a copy of Taylor's passport along with a message that read "... Here is Sam's passport, please keep it on file. Think we are sorting shit out. Oz."

Van Zyl said the passport was used for a trip to the Seychelles where the athlete and his partner had been invited by a television production company.

"I gave all the information to the company," Van Zyl said.

Travel documents

On Tuesday he testified that Reeva Steenkamp was the only girlfriend Pistorius had asked Van Zyl to organise travel documents for, to accompany him to athletic events.

Nel read out a portion of a communication with Taylor in which Pistorius told her he wanted her to accompany him to London, after they had gone through a rough patch.

"I invited you to London because I knew you had my heart in your hands and wouldn't let it go."

In the extract Pistorius tells Taylor he had been trying very hard to get Van Zyl to organise for her to accompany him.

Van Zyl said he could not recall this.

"I can honestly not recall that I had to find Ms Taylor a ticket to the [London] Olympics."

Pistorius is charged with murdering Steenkamp on 14 February last year.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder and to three firearm-related charges. The State argues he killed her during an argument.


- SAPA
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