AS IT HAPPENED: Pistorius trial, day 7, part 1

2014-03-11 09:39

Oscar's trial - day 7 report

2014-03-11 15:04

Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath speaks to correspondent Sipho Hlongwane about day 7 of Oscar Pistorius's trial in the North Gauteng High Court. Watch. WATCH

Get all the highlights from Day 7 of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court.

Day 7 trial updates continue here.

13:14 - "Speeding, jolling round without numberplates, letting guns off: it's as if these men think they live in a consequence-free world" tweets Rebecca Davis.

13:11 - Pistorius puts on his coat, doesn't look at his friend Fresco - then leaves for lunch, observes Alex Crawford.

13:04 - Fresco should have a fine appetite, given the certainty of returning to Roux's tender embrace, tweets Phillip de Wet.

13:01 - Court adjourns for lunch. 

13:01 - Fresco grilled on why he can't remember what happened after dinner. 

12:59 - Elderly couple in restaurant spoke about "something pertaining to golf". Can't remember where they went from there.  

12:57 - Fresco can't remember whose house they went to after the incident, but says it was nowhere near the Vaal, as Taylor remembered. Can only remember the beautiful sunset on the way from strangers' house to restaurant for dinner.

12:56 - Roux brings in Samantha Taylor's evidence, but Fresco says it is "not what I can remember". Roux picks up on this statement, Fresco concedes that "no, that did not happen". 

12:54 - Fresco is adamant that there was no warning before Pistorius fired the shot through the sunroof. Roux is hammering him with questions.

12:53 - Fresco says he can't remember saying he and Pistorius wanted to shoot a robot.

12:52 - Roux grills Fresco on why the speeding ticket, issued in his name, was handed over to the dealer. Roux tells him he crumpled it up and threw it in the footwell of the car. Fresco admits that was the first ticket, for no numberplates.

12:47 - Court resumes. Roux repeats questions about being issued with 2 fines. Fresco says he can't remember the speed he was driving at. "If I can't remember, I can't deny it."

12:44 - Pistorius just made an extremely awkward overture to (we think) a friend of Reeva's - reaching to grasp her hand - which she rebuffed, tweets Rebecca Davis

12:42 - Looks like this 10-minute adjournment is going to be a bit longer than initially thought.

12:30 - It's week two of the Oscar Pistorius trial. Watch the highlights from week one on the video gallery

12:25 - Technical glitch in court, something apparently wrong with a stenographer's machine. Court adjourned for 10 minutes. 

12:24 - "I can't remember how fast I was driving that day," says Fresco. Roux puts it to him that he was driving at 260km/h and would remember if he was. 

12:23 - Roux now returns to how many times they were stopped when driving back from Vaal River – fined first time for not having number plate. Dealer paid the fine. Second fine for speeding.

12:20 - Roux asks about the noise in the restaurant, and the possibility that Pistorius may not have heard Fresco's warning about the gun. 

12:19 - When asked by Roux if Pistorius had fired shot, Fresco says nobody else could have. 

12:18 - Roux: Pistorius asked you to take the blame, and you told a false story to the restaurant owner – why are these not in your statement?

12:16 - Fresco admits he didn't read his statement again before testifying.

12:16 - "I cannot recall if I made up a story or an excuse," says Fresco.

12:15 - Fresco asked whether manager or owner (husband) came to table first. Other testimony differs.

12:13 - Pistorius also apologised to the owner and his wife as they left the restaurant, Fresco concedes. 

12:10 - Fresco admits he did not say in his first statement that Pistorius had asked him to take the blame. Not sure why he left it out. Didn't deliberately exclude this. 

12:08 - The affidavit was the truth, he says. He admits to Roux that he knew this would be used in the trial.

12:08 - Fresco says he sought legal advice after incidents. "I was not the one who had done anything wrong."

12:07 - Barry Roux starts questioning witness.

12:06 - No further questions from State.

12:05 - Probably shrapnel from tile or bullet nicked Kevin Lerena, had a bit of blood on his shin, he was told not to mention it, says Fresco.

12:03 - Fresco: Restaurant manager came over, and I said my gun had gone off accidentally. Owner also came to table, repeatedly apologised. Said my gun had fallen out of my shorts, had gone off. 

12:03 - Pistorius said: 'There's too much media hype around me at the moment, please can you take the rap for it. Being a friend I said I would with pleasure," says Fresco.

12:01 - Fresco describes the deafening hush that came over the restaurant after the shot went off. 

12:00 - After him having taken the weapon, I don't think he realised he had cycled another bullet into the chamber. At that time he pulled the trigger to supposedly make it safe, says Fresco. 

11:59 - There is no specific safety clip on that weapon, Fresco testifies. "There is a hairline trigger you have to decompress and pull through for the weapon to fire."

11:57 - "I said to him 'there is one up'"

11:56 - Fresco says he knew Pistorius had a great love of weapons, and he assumed he was competent with weapons. "I passed the weapon to him under the table."

11:55 -  "The accused had asked me to pass my firearm to him." It is a Glock weapon.

11:54 - Photos of Tashas Restaurant are shown in court. Fresco identifies table they were sitting at, in the corner of the restaurant.

11:53 - Fresco says there were 4 people at Tashas on the day of the shooting incident.

11:51 - Fresco tells the court this wasn't the only shooting incident involving Pistorius. The other one was at Tashas Restaurant at Melrose Arch in January 2013.

11:51 - Fresco identifies area where shot was fired, on photos shown to the court.

11:49 - According to Fresco, he had constant ringing in his ear after the gunshot, but Pistorius laughed off the incident and they carried on driving. 

11:47 - "Apologies for my language my lady, but I asked him if he was fucking mad."

11:47 - Now Fresco moves on to discuss Pistorius firing a shot: "Without prior warning, he shot out the sunroof."

11:45 - Metro cop called the accused "Mr Pretorius", Pistorius corrected him.

11:42 - Fresco testifies about a verbal dispute between a metro police officer who pulled them over for speeding, and Pistorius. Gun was on seat. Pistorius was unhappy that officer picked up his gun. 

11:40 - According to Phillip de Wet, Fresco looks "helluva nervous" and keeps licking his lips, swinging his chair from side.

11:39 - Fresco then starts testifying about the sunroof shooting incident in the Vaal. 

11:38 - Fresco says he knew Pistorius and Steenkamp, as well as Samantha Taylor, who testified last week. 

11:36 - According to Karyn Maughan, SA law allows witnesses immunity from prosecution in exchange for their honest evidence about crime they're implicated in.

11:33 - Judge Masipa tells Fresco that he is obliged to give evidence, that questions which are put to him which may incriminate him, that he will be obliged to answer any questions put to him, and that if he answers "frankly and honestly" he will be discharged from prosecution with regard to the charges.
11:32 - Warning that some evidence may incriminate Fresco relating to the discharge of a firearm in public and reckless endangerment. 

11:31 - Court resumes. Darren Fresco called to take the stand, is sworn in. 

11:17 - Darren Fresco took the blame for a shot Oscar Pistorius allegedly fired in a restaurant in Sandton, boxer Kevin Lerena told the court last week.  

11:13 - Pistorius is wearing very smart glasses, according to Aislinn Laing. Talk that he's wearing glasses because his contact lenses are getting messed up by crying, she adds. 

11:04 - Darren Fresco expected to testify next, according to Karyn Maughan. Live broadcast expected to continue. 
10:55 - If you haven't seen it, check out this Cricket Bat v Gunshot Sound analysis on YouTube.

10:50 - A video from eNCA (via Instagram)

10:48 - Court is adjourned for half an hour.

10:45 - Prof Saayman reiterated that food continues to disintergrate after death and depends on how soon post mortem is done. But says he recognised vegetables in Reeva Steenkamp's stomach, tweets Alex Crawford.

10:41 - Prof Saayman sticks to his contention that the food in Reeva's stomach was ingested two hours prior to death, tweets Barry Bateman.

10:40 - Roux ends cross examination. No questions about the bullets that killed Reeva, tweets Karyn Maughan.

10:38 - Roux quotes from academic paper that argues gastric emptying can vary from meal to meal, person to person and day to day, tweets David Smith.

10:35 - Andrew Hardingmentions Prof Saayman's eloquence: "Pathologist produces another immaculate sentence, complete with long subclauses. I imagine he has never said "um" or "er" in his life."

10:32 - Phillip de Wetnotes: "Saayman is a picture of humility. 30 years of hands-on experience, but says he's not an expert because hasn't done primary research."

10:30 - Another Alex Crawford observation: "OP has glasses on (for first time that I've noticed) and is writing notes for his legal team"

10:26 - Saayman says his evidence is based on probabilities. Timeframe could vary by an hour. 

10:24 - Roux tells Saayman he went to great pains to qualify his findings. Says he never understood his evidence. Saayman says his evidence is based on probabilities.

10:22 - Alex Crawford tweets that he has consulted quite a few journals. "About half dozen at least".

10:21 - Court resumes. Saayman naming the journals he used to come to his findings about Reeva's stomach contents, according to tweets from court.
10:13 - Oscar seems to be calmer than yesterday. As Alex Crawford mentions, he is "deep in thought during adjournment, sitting on his own in the dock".

10:02 - According to Barry Bateman, "there is no time set for this adjournment - we’ll break for as long as it takes Roux to study the articles."

9:58 - Get a 5 minute recap on the dramatic Day 6 of the Trial as pathologist, Professor Gert Saayman addressed the court. For more highlights from Channel 199, take a look at the Oscar Pistorius Trial video gallery here.

9:51 - Oscar holding it together better so far today. Speaking to Roux and family behind his hand, presumably to avoid lip readers, tweets David Smith.

9:50 - Court is adjourned for half an hour to study these documents.

9:46 - Saayman naming the journals and medical texts he studied. Roux wants articles to look through these during an adjournment.

9:44 -Roux questioning Saayman about Reeva's last meal. Yesterday he testified she ate 2 hours before her death. Saayman says he's studied a number of articles and text books on gastric emptying.
9:42 - Roux going over Reeva's bladder findings. The amount of urine may indicate why she was in the toilet at that time.

9:40 - Saayma: Reeva's urine murky, but this occurred after her death. This is fairly common.

9:38 - Saayman: Many people who sustain gunshot wounds are unaware of it.
9:36 - Roux asks Saayman what would happen to the person’s cognitive function if struck by bullets in quick succession. Saayman says he's not sure, saying wounds on hip and arm would not immediately affect cognitive function but trigger fight or flight.

9:33 - Pistorius's defence lawyer Barry Roux has begun his cross-examination of pathologist Prof Gert Saayman.
9:30 - Journalists inside court are tweeting that Judge Masipa has reversed her order on tweeting. It will now be allowed.

9:27 - Oscar Pistorius Trial: Day 6 summary

9:25 -
Pathologist Professor Gert Saayman is expected to continue testifying about Reeva Steenkamp's injuries.

9:19 -  We're currently not live streaming due to the court order. As soon as we are able to we will re-start the live video feed.

9:18 -
Oscar Pistorius is in court.

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