I never want to experience anything like that again: Stander

By Hilda Van Dyk
05 May 2014

He never again wants to see and feel what he saw and felt in Oscar Pistorius’ house on the morning of Reeva Steenkamp’s death. That’s what Johan Stander, estate manager of Silver Woods Estate east of Pretoria, said while testifying in court this morning.

He never again wants to see and feel what he saw and felt in Oscar Pistorius’ house on the morning of Reeva Steenkamp’s death. That’s what Johan Stander, estate manager of Silver Woods Estate east of Pretoria, said while testifying in court this morning. Stander was originally on the state’s list of witnesses but was the defence’s fourth witness this morning. Stander was the first person  Oscar called on Valentine’s Day last year and the first on the scene. “Please, please, come to my house. I’ve shot Reeva. I thought she was a burglar. Come quickly,” Oscar said to Stander on the phone. Stander and his daughter, Carice, went to Oscar’s house, which was about 400 m from them. When they got there the door was slightly ajar. She pushed it open. They saw Oscar coming down the stairs with Reeva in his arms. Stander could see Reeva had a head wound.

'He was torn apart. Broken. Desperate. Pleading'

“It’s not something I want to experience again. That young man coming down the stairs with the young woman in his arms. To see the expression on his face. His crying and praying. He asked God to help him. He was torn apart. Broken. Desperate. Pleading.

“It’s really difficult to explain. His devotion to saving the young woman’s life. When he put his finger in her mouth to get her to breathe. How he pleaded with God to let her live. I was there that night. I saw it and felt it."

Stander testified that there was relief on Oscar’s face when he saw them.

The defence’s next witness was Carice, Stander’s daughter.

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