Pistorius introduced Steenkamp as 'fiancée'

2014-05-06 14:18
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Oscar Pistorius in court - day 27

See pictures from the North Gauteng High Court where Oscar Pistorius's trial is in its 27th day.

kalahari.com

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius introduced Reeva Steenkamp as his fiancée just a week before he shot her, a close neighbour of the runner testified in his defence on Tuesday.

Michael Nhlengethwa, who describes himself as Pistorius's "closest neighbour," said the Paralympic gold medallist introduced the 29-year-old model to him shortly before her death early on Valentine's Day morning 2013.

Pistorius said "please meet my fiancée, Reeva," Nhlengethwa said.

The athlete nicknamed the "Blade Runner" claims he and his girlfriend of three months were in a loving relationship and that he shot her accidentally after mistaking her for an intruder.

He faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty of premeditated murder.

On the night of the shooting, Nhlengethwa said he woke up to the sound of a man crying.

"A man was crying very loud," he said, "it was crying when you were in danger, when you need help".

‘Like a woman’

Defence lawyer Barry Roux asked the witness - who was wearing a black suit with a sky blue tie - if the voice was low- or high-pitched.

"You said a man's voice, was it a low pitch?" asked Roux. "It was a very high pitch voice," replied Nhlengethwa.

The defence claims that Steenkamp never screamed the night she was shot four times, alleging it was Pistorius screaming "like a woman" under the effect of stress.

The sprinter fired four bullets through a lavatory door, killing Steenkamp who was in the cubicle inside his house in an upmarket housing complex in the capital Pretoria.

Prosecutors have argued that the Valentine's Day shooting came after a row between the couple.

In his cross-examination, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Nhlengethwa if he heard bangs or screaming on the night of the shooting.

"I did not really hear anything in terms of the gunshots or anything like that," the witness replied.

Earlier, in emotional testimony Nhlengethwa described going to Pistorius's house to investigate the crying and saw Steenkamp being taken out of the house on a stretcher.

"At that moment I knew she was no more," said Nhlengethwa.

Pistorius, who has wretched and sobbed in court, kept his head in his hands as he listened to his neighbour's testimony.
Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  pretoria  |  pistorius trial
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
26 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.