What happened that night: Oscar gives his version

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08 April 2014

Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius finally told the High Court in Pretoria what happened when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his Pretoria house.

Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius finally told the High Court in Pretoria what happened when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his Pretoria house.

"I think I initially just froze. I didn't know what to do," he said.

"There is no barrier between me and the bathroom," he said in a voice on the verge of breaking.

He had woken up in the early hours of February 14 2013 and noticed that Steenkamp was also awake.

"She rolled over to me and I said, 'Can't you sleep, my baba?'," he said. She replied that she could not and he had gone and moved fans and was about to place a pair of jeans over an amplifier light when he heard what sounded like a bathroom window opening. "That's the moment that everything changed. I thought that there was a burglar that was gaining entry to my home."

'I needed to arm myself, that I needed to protect Reeva'

He said he immediately thought someone could be there at any moment. The first thing he thought was: "... I needed to arm myself, that I needed to protect Reeva and that I needed to get my gun." "I heard a noise from inside the toilet which I perceived to be someone inside the toilet. I fired four shots into the door and shouted for Reeva to phone the police," he testified to questioning by his lawyer Barry Roux. He described how in the moments leading up to the shooting, he crept down the passage from his bedroom on his stumps, his gun in his right hand, steadying himself against the wall with his left.

As he got to the entrance of the bathroom, he shouted for Steenkamp to call the police. He believed she was still in bed.

"I wasn't sure if someone was going to come up the ladder or out of the toilet and attack me," he said, crying.

He testified he heard his first floor bathroom window sliding open.

Workmen who had been busy fixing up his house had placed ladders on the ground underneath it.

After he fired, he retreated back into his bedroom, his ears ringing from the shots.

Pistorius is accused of murdering Steenkamp in his Pretoria townhouse.

He is also charged with contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013. On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

The athlete has also pleaded guilty on these two charges.

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