Oscar recalls day before shooting

2014-04-08 13:34
Oscar Pistorius (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Oscar Pistorius (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday recalled his activities on 13 February 2013, the day before he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home.

He told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria Steenkamp had slept over and when they woke up he left early because he had a meeting in Johannesburg and wanted to miss traffic.

"I thought Reeva would go back to Johannesburg," he said.

Pistorius said his meeting ended at noon and he called the estate agent.

They met briefly to discuss documents and so the athlete could sign papers.

After the meeting with the estate agent, Pistorius said he went to see his friend Justin Devaris.

His girlfriend, who was a "very close friend" of Steenkamp later arrived.

He was going to meet up with friends and suggested Devaris's girlfriend invite Steenkamp to join her at the movies.

"I phoned Reeva and we had texted back and forth during the day," he said.

Steenkamp said she wanted to finish her washing and Pistorius said she could stay in Pretoria if she wanted to.

Pistorius said Steenkamp asked if she could cook dinner for them and said she would stay the night. She left the estate to get food.

He arrived shortly after 18:00 and Steenkamp was preparing dinner.

"I went upstairs to change and shower," he said.

Around 21:00 he went downstairs.


Advocate Barry Roux for Pistorius asked him about his access to his iPad for the day.

He said he had access to it for the entire day.

He said he was surfing the internet and when he went upstairs he used it again.

Pistorius is on trial for the murder of Steenkamp, who was shot through the locked toilet door of his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

He says he had mistaken her for an intruder.

He has pleaded not guilty and in his plea statement denied he had argued with her shortly before the shooting.

He also faces two charges related to contravening the Firearms Control Act, to which he has denied guilt.

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