Woman’s screams could have been an anxious Oscar Pistorius, defence argues

2014-03-03 16:18

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Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer has put it to the North Gauteng High Court that his client sounds like a woman when screaming.

“You know ... if Mr Pistorius is very anxious, if he screams, it sounds like a woman’s voice,” said Pistorius’ counsel Barry Roux, SC.

He was cross-examining witness Michelle Burger, who said she heard the screams the night he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Giggles could be heard in court at Roux’s submission, which came during a lengthy period of cross-examining Burger – who has testified that she heard a woman’s screams on that night, and a man’s screams, then a woman screaming, then nothing.

Roux said witnesses could testify to this trait of Pistorius.

“He was screaming higher and lower, and that is why you would hear what you, at that time of the morning, would associate with a man screaming and a woman screaming,” said Roux.

He said one thing the court had heard from Burger’s testimony was that all the screams she had heard were not at the same time.

The state will try to prove that Pistorius had committed premeditated murder when he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Earlier, the defence denied the state’s contention that Pistorius and Steenkamp had argued before her death around 3am on Valentine’s Day.

Roux said: “All I’m saying, when he’s anxious his voice pitches and it sounds like a woman screaming.”

Burger insisted she had heard a woman scream.

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