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2014-03-07 17:08
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Pretoria - A security guard was shocked to see Oscar Pistorius carrying his girlfriend down the stairs of his home after he had shot her, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Friday.

Pieter Baba said he was shocked as he had earlier called Pistorius after tenants in Silver Woods Country Estate had called him, telling him they had heard gunshots.

Baba had been employed at the complex for around two years. He testified that five guards would be positioned at the complex at night, while another five would take the evening duty.

He called Pistorius and he told him that "everything was fine”.

He told a colleague with him that he was sure that something was wrong.

Pistorius phoned him back and Pistorius just started crying over the phone and the line cut.

"I immediately told Jacob everything is not right."

When Baba arrived at Pistorius’s house he saw Pistorius carrying Steenkamp’s body down he stairs.

"I was so shocked. I couldn't think for a few moments," said Baba.

"I was staring at Mr Pistorius. I was terrified," Baba said in Afrikaans. His evidence was being translated to English.

As Baba recalled the event, Pistorius leaned forward in the dock, and covered his eyes. He seemed to have been crying.

‘Fine’ or ‘okay’

Advocate Barry Roux started digging into Baba’s statement, asking whether Pistorius said "he is okay" or "everything is okay", and whether he said "okay" or "fine".

An exasperated Baba sighed, lowered his head and repeated, slowly: "My Lady, the exact words were 'security, everything is fine'."

Roux replied dryly: "We'll deal with that on Monday."

There were giggles from the public gallery.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel then asked Judge Thokozile Masipa whether could court start at 10:00 on Monday, instead of 09:30, as this day had "its own character".

"What character?" Masipa asked, smiling.

"My Lady, everything goes wrong on Monday," Nel replied, to laughter.

He eventually dropped his request and Masipa said court would start at 09:30.

Pistorius is accused of the murder of model and law graduate Steenkamp on 14 February 2013.

He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

In September 2010 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  crime  |  pistorius trial

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