I did not intend to kill Reeva or anybody else – Oscar Pistorius

2014-04-09 11:03

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has reiterated in the high court in Pretoria that he did not murder his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“I did not intend to kill Reeva, My Lady, or anybody else for that matter,” said Pistorius after being asked by his lawyer, Barry Roux.

Pistorius has been charged with Steenkamp’s murder after shooting her dead through his toilet door on Valentine’s Day last year. He has pleaded not guilty, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

Earlier, he said the first doctor to arrive at the scene of Steenkamp’s killing appeared overwhelmed and unable to help.

“I looked up and saw Dr Stipp. I was crying for him to help me, to help Reeva, but it didn’t seem like he knew what he was doing. He seemed overwhelmed by the situation,” he told the court, prompted by his lawyer Barry Roux.

Johan Stipp, a resident in the Silver Woods estate, Pretoria, previously testified for the state that he found Steenkamp already dead on the ground floor of Pistorius’s townhouse and Pistorius kneeling at her side. Pistorius had his fingers in her mouth in an attempt to help her breathe and his other hand on the bullet wound on her hip.

After a few moments, Stipp got up and walked out.

“I was shouting for him to come back into the house and help me,” Pistorius said.

Soon after, paramedics arrived and asked for space to work on Steenkamp. Pistorius went into the kitchen.

“The paramedic came to me and said to me that she would like to inform me that Reeva had passed.”

Pistorius spoke looking at Judge Thokozile Masipa, often pausing.

The athlete is also charged with contraventions of 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 near Johannesburg.

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