Crying Oscar prayed to God for Reeva’s life

2014-03-06 13:44

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Paralympian murder-accused Oscar Pistorius promised that he and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp would dedicate “their lives to God, if only she would live and not die that night”.

This was the gut-wrenching testimony from Dr Johan Stipp, the first medical professional to encounter Steenkamp after she had been shot at Pistorius’ Pretoria home on February 14 last year.

“At the bottom of the stairs was a woman lying on her back, a man was on his knees by her left side, his left hand on her right groin and his right hand’s second and third finger in her mouth.

“I remember the first thing he said to me: “I shot her, I thought she was a burglar and I shot her.”

At this point in the testimony, Pistorius sank down and rested his forehead against the dock, covering his head with both his hands, his body shuddering.

Stipp, who lives 72 metres from Pistorius, said it was clear Steenkamp had been “mortally wounded”.

He said he was under the impression that Pistorius had been trying to open her airway.

Stipp said he also attempted to do this but said he couldn’t because Steenkamp was clenching down.

He testified that Pistorius was crying and praying to God while he attempted to help Reeva.

Stipp then testified that he went outside and asked the estate security foreman, Johan Stander, if an ambulance had been called.

“At one stage Oscar went upstairs. I asked Stander where is the gun, because I didn’t know what was the situation in the house.

“It was obvious Oscar was very upset and I was scared he would hurt himself.”

Stipp testified that he knew the person involved was called “Oscar” but that he did not realise it was Oscar Pistorius, until his wife told him.

He also testified that he was woken up by what he thought was three gunshots that night. Stipp said he heard what sounded like a woman screaming after the gunshots.

He also testified that he heard two distinct voices screaming. Stipp subsequently decided to go see if he could offer assistance.

Stipps bedroom has a direct line of sight to Pistorius’ bedroom.

His testimony appears to contradict some defence arguments so far, which are that Pistorius was the only person who screamed that night and that Steenkamp was brain damaged and could not have screamed after the final shot.

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