Oscar thought he shot a burglar - witness

2014-03-06 13:49
Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

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Pretoria – Oscar Pistorius said he thought he was shooting a burglar when the first people arrived at his house in Pretoria after he killed Reeva Steenkamp last year.

"I shot her. I thought she was a burglar and I shot her," is what Johan Stipp heard the man standing over Steenkamp's body say when he walked into the house in Pretoria.

Stipp is the third witness in the trial and the second who lives at the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria, the same complex where Pistorius lived and shot dead Steenkamp.

"I was awakened by three loud bangs. My wife asked me what it was and I said it sounded like gunshots," Stipp .

Stipp said that on 14 February 2013, he heard screams coming from Pistorius's home.

Stipp had heard screaming, cries for help, shots and seen a shape moving from the right to the left of the bathroom across a vacant stand from him.

He did not know it was Pistorius's house when he went in to see if he could help, introducing himself as a doctor.

He first drove to security to ask if it was safe to go to the house.

The court heard how Stipp at first struggled to get through to the guard room when he heard the screams and shots, with the call not being answered, and a "funny" sound coming through on the 10111 emergency number.

When he parked outside Pistorius's house (he found out whose house it was later), a man was talking on his cellphone and a woman at the door let him when he said he was a doctor.

Stipp saw a woman on the floor, a man next to her with one hand on the ground, two fingers over her mouth and then he made the statement.

Screams sounded like ‘panic and distress’

Earlier State witness Charl Johnson concluded giving evidence.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel went through notes Johnson had made about the screams and gunshots he heard on 14 February 2013.

"I was convinced that they were being attacked. The screams did not sound like fighting, more like panic and distress," Johnson said, referring to a woman's screams he heard around 03:00.

After Johnson was excused from the stand he took his wife Michelle Burger's hand. Pistorius looked at them as they left the court through the side entrance.

Burger was the first State witness to testify on Monday. The couple's townhouse is about 170m from Pistorius's.

The State will try to prove that Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he shot and killed Steenkamp through the locked bathroom door at his home.

In addition, he is charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Pistorius's lawyers will argue that he mistook her for an intruder when he shot through the bathroom door.

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

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