Boxer takes the stand in Pistorius trial

2014-03-05 12:39
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Oscar Pistorius in court - day 3

It's day three of Oscar Pistorius's trial in the North Gauteng High Court. See pictures from the courtroom here.

Pretoria - Professional boxer Kevin Lerena took the stand at Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday, shortly before the trial adjourned for an early lunch.

Pistorius's counsel Barry Roux SC asked Judge Thokozile Masipa for an adjournment to prepare as Lerena was not the witness they were expecting and they were not ready to cross-examine him.

Roux also quipped that since Lerena was a boxer, perhaps his co-counsel Kenny Oldwage should do the cross-examination this time.

Restaurant incident

Lerena's appearance is related to the charge that Pistorius allegedly discharged a firearm at Tashas restaurant in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg in January 2013.

Earlier, Lerena said he met Pistorius, a sports icon, through his sponsor Daytona at the Kyalami racetrack in Johannesburg.

They were there with the owner of the Daytona group Justin Divaris, said Lerena, in a dark suit and red tie.

They socialised afterwards and Pistorius gave him advice on his career and on his diet.

Lerena testified on the incident at the restaurant, saying he was with Pistorius, Martin Rooney and Darren Fresco. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel set the scene by bringing up a visual of the restaurant.

Lerena was sworn in after the third witness Charl Johnson was released, and did not object to his testimony being televised.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013 and to violations of the Firearms Control Act.

The trial will continue at 14:00.

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