I didn't see Reeva get out of bed - Oscar

2014-04-10 16:27
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Pretoria – Murder accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius insisted on Thursday he did not see Reeva Steenkamp get out of bed moments before he shot her dead.

"I don't know how she got up out of bed," Pistorius told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Later he said: "I don't know when she got out of bed, My Lady."

He said his back was facing the room, which was "pitch black" after he had brought a fan in and closed his specially made black-out curtains.

He had spoken to her moments earlier with his head in his hands, but had not looked at her when he woke up in the early hours of Valentine's Day.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had wanted to know how Pistorius managed to spot a pair of Steenkamp's jeans lying on the floor in that darkness but did not see her.

Pistorius explained that the light was from the LED light emitted by the amplifier in his room.

According to his earlier testimony, he was about to cover the amplifier light with the jeans after neither he nor Steenkamp could sleep.

When he was about to cover the amplifier, he heard a noise and, on his version, he had grabbed his gun, and fired four shots through the toilet door thinking there was an intruder.

He said he did not mean to shoot at anyone.

He then discovered that he had killed Steenkamp with three of the bullets.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering her.

He has also denied guilt on a charge of illegal possession of ammunition and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.

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