Pistorius cancelled gun order - witness

2014-03-17 11:11
Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock as he listens to cross questioning in his trial. (Bongiwe Mchunu, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock as he listens to cross questioning in his trial. (Bongiwe Mchunu, Pool)

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Pretoria - Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius ordered several firearms from a gun dealer but cancelled the order about a month after he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the North Gauteng High Court heard on Monday.

Sean Rens, who described himself as a "firearms service provider" as Pistorius's murder trial resumed, said: "He had a great love and enthusiasm for them."

He met Pistorius after an introduction by Pistorius's friend and Daytona owner Justin Divaris in May 2012.

Pistorius had been test-driving one of Divaris's vehicle and the introduction was made.

The first firearm Pistorius sought was a Smith & Wesson 500 revolver and Rens provided it to him.

A list of firearms

Over a number of months he bought a number of other firearms while Rens kept a record of the training and assessment of Pistorius.

Rens was given a copy of an invoice and asked by prosecutor Gerrie Nel to confirm that Pistorius had ordered:
- a rifle or carbine vector LM6, which Rens said was a civilian version of the semi-automatic assault rifle that South Africa's police or military use;
- a Winchester shotgun;
-a Mossberg Maverick shotgun;
- a Smith and Wesson revolver .38 special, the smallest revolver as opposed to the largest, the Smith and Wesson 500;
- a Mossberg semi-automatic self-loading shotgun and
- another self-loading rifle.

Nel said that although these were listed on the invoice, they were not handed over to Pistorius.

Competency card

This was because the transaction was cancelled about a month close to the "incident", said Rens, confirming that he meant after the shooting of Steenkamp.

Rens said he "definitely did" establish if Pistorius had a competency card and licence.

Pistorius is accused of the premeditated murder of Steenkamp in his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

He said he shot her through the closed door of his toilet, apparently believing she was an intruder.

In addition to the murder of Steenkamp, Pistorius is charged with contraventions of the Firearms Control Act. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On 30 September 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.
Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  pistorius trial  |  crime

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