Pistorius 'drove at over 200km/h'

2014-03-12 10:22
Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court with his legal team. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court with his legal team. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius drove at over 200km/h on a trip to the Vaal two years ago, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Wednesday.

As Pistorius drove, his friend Darren Fresco took a picture of the speedometer with his cellphone, Fresco said to questioning by prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

"How fast were you going?" Nel asked.

Fresco, an IT network engineer with collar-length hair, paused for several seconds.

"Over 200," he said, without looking at Pistorius, who was passing notes to his legal team.

Fresco, Pistorius and the athlete's then girlfriend Samantha Taylor drove to the Vaal in September 2012 to spend a day with friends. On the way back Fresco drove, at one point speeding at 260km/h.

Nel asked Fresco if Pistorius asked him to slow down or complained about the speed he was going.

"No, he did not," said Fresco.

During the trip Pistorius sat with his gun between his legs. It was not in a holster, Fresco said.

Pistorius is accused of the murder of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year.

He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at Tasha's in January 2013.

On 30 September 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

- SAPA
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