Pistorius called security first - Roux

2014-03-10 10:54
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Oscar Pistorius in court - day 6

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Pretoria - Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius was the one who first called security for help following the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Monday.

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, produced cellphone records and told security guard shift leader Pieter Baba that contrary to his testimony, Pistorius called security first.

"Pistorius called you first at 03:21, and he will tell the court that he could not speak and very shortly after that at 03:22 you called him back to find out if he is all right," Roux said.

Baba testified that he called Pistorius, who told him that "everything was fine".

Baba reiterated his statement that he called the paralympian first.

"My Lady, this is not true that he called me first, I called him first. I am the one who made that first call to him."

In court

Earlier, the trial resumed with a markedly thinned out public gallery in the North Gauteng High Court.

Pistorius waited in the dock for proceedings to get under way, wearing a dark pin-striped suit, taking sips of water from a bottle.

Friends and family of Steenkamp wore stickers with a picture of her face as they sat in a front row.

ANC Women's League veterans had returned to their place on the "Steenkamp side" of a bench in the front row.

Samantha Taylor, an ex-girlfriend of Pistorius who testified last week that he fired a gun from a car out of "irritation" after being stopped by police, was also in a front bench.

Pistorius's uncle Arnold took up a seat behind him and his sister Aimee, who had provided emotional comfort last week, was also present, to the left of the court.

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