Oscar laughed after sunroof shooting - witness

2014-03-11 13:41
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Pretoria - Darren Fresco's ears felt as if they were bleeding after his friend Oscar Pistorius fired a shot through the sunroof of a car, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

"I apologise My Lady, but I asked him if he was fucking mad," Fresco told the court when asked how he reacted after Pistorius fired the shot.

He testified he was driving with Pistorius's ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor and Pistorius in the car.

A court visual showed they were on the R25 and M78 Edenglen turnoff in the direction of Johannesburg.

Earlier that evening, they were stopped for speeding at 260km/h and Pistorius had become angry about a metro policeman touching his firearm.

Fresco said they were driving with Taylor in the back of the car.

"And then without prior warning he shot out the sunroof," he said.

He instinctively moved to right hand side of the vehicle because of the noise in his left ear.

That led to Fresco voicing the profanity.

Asked by prosecutor Gerrie Nel how Pistorius responded, he said: "He just laughed My Lady."

They then "just carried on driving".


During cross-examination Fresco was questioned about speeding on the night.

When asked how fast he was going Fresco said he could not remember the exact speed, Pistorius's defence lawyer Barry Roux quipped that he would have remembered travelling at such a speed.

Fresco said he, Pistorius and Taylor were stopped twice by traffic police on their way home from a day at the Vaal River.

The first time was for not having a number plate on his car and the second was for speeding, near the Grasmere toll plaza.

Fresco said that he crumpled up the fines and threw them into the footwell.

Roux had been cross-examining him on earlier testimony that he had given the fines to a motor dealership to deal with, even though the fine was in his name and it was not their responsibility.

Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva 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 has pleaded not guilty.

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

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