Day 5 of Oscar Pistorius trial gets under way

2014-03-07 08:20

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Preparations for day five of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial were under way at the high court in Pretoria this morning.

The cloudy and humid air threatened to bring more rainfall after a relatively sunny day yesterday.

Parking bays around the court were already filled up just after 6am as journalists arrived.

Staff at the nearby makeshift restaurant were offloading stock and setting up tables for the day.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on February 14 last year. Pistorius claims he mistook her for a burglar.

The first doctor to arrive at the scene where Pistorius shot Steenkamp testified yesterday that the athlete was so emotional he feared he would turn the gun on himself.

“I was afraid Oscar would hurt himself,” radiologist Johan Stipp told the court.

Stipp, a neighbour of Pistorius in the Silver Woods security estate, said he was woken by gunshots and screams. After alerting security, he went to see if anybody needed medical help.

He found Pistorius kneeling next to his dying girlfriend, with one hand on a bullet wound in her thigh and the other in her mouth, trying in vain to force her to breathe.

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