Pistorius denies firing through sunroof

2014-04-08 13:08
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 never fired a shot through the open sunroof of a car, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Tuesday.

"That never happened," he said while being led in giving evidence by his lawyer Barry Roux, SC, on the events of 30 September 2012.

State witnesses Samantha Taylor and Darren Fresco have both previously testified that Pistorius fired a shot through the open sunroof of a car while the three friends were driving back from a day at the Vaal.

Pistorius preceded his denial with a lengthy explanation of how the police stopped them twice, first for the car not having a front licence plate, and then for speeding. Fresco was driving.

Agitated

When they were stopped for speeding, Pistorius, had his 9mm pistol with him on the front passenger seat. He got out of the car, leaving the gun on his seat.

"The police were very agitated. I didn't want to approach the police with a firearm."

He said a police officer shouted, asking whose gun was on the seat.

"I said to the policeman it is mine, please can I have it back. He was aggressive in his manner and dropped the magazine out of the firearm."

The officer ejected a bullet out of the gun's chamber.

"He then dropped the firearm on the seat. He lost his temper, lit a cigarette and walked away."

Fresco previously told the court that Pistorius shouted at the officer not to touch another man's gun.

Pistorius mentioned briefly that he was upset.

"I was agitated in my manner... I was angry that he handled my firearm."

Denial

Pistorius also denied that he owned a .38 calibre firearm or ammunition as stated in the charge sheet.

"I never owned a .38 calibre firearm. I never owned .38 ammunition," he told the court.

He said the firearm and ammunition belonged to his father.

"My understanding of the law is that you are allowed to give your ammunition to somebody for safe keeping," he said.

He said he never intended using the ammunition.

Restaurant incident

Pistorius admitted holding the gun that went off under a table in Tashas restaurant in Johannesburg.

He said he had wanted to make sure the firearm was safe when his friend Darren Fresco handed it to him under the table so that he could check if had an attachment for a flashlight.

"A round came out of the breech and the next thing I knew the firearm went off," he said.

He has been charged under the Firearms Act for the discharge of the firearm. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.

He said the restaurant in Melrose Arch went quiet and he was angry that Fresco had handed him a firearm that was unsafe.

"I said to him what if someone got hurt."

He gave the gun back to Fresco and people started talking again thinking there had been an explosion in the kitchen.

He said Fresco mentioned he would say the firearm fell or got hooked on his pants.

"I made the mistake of asking for a firearm at a restaurant," Pistorius said, adding that Fresco made the mistake of giving it to him.

He was relieved nobody got hurt. He told the restaurant owner that it was his fault and offered to pay for any damages.

He did not specifically ask Fresco to cover up for him, but he did say to Fresco that he could not afford for it "to get out".

Pistorius is accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year. He is also charged with contravening the Firearms Control Act by allegedly firing a shot from a Glock pistol in a restaurant, and shooting through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein on 30 September 2012.

 

 


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