Pistorius case continues

2014-03-04 06:58
Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court, as Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June, looks on. (Foto24)

Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court, as Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June, looks on. (Foto24)

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Johannesburg - The murder trial of paralympian Oscar Pistorius will continue in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

He is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year. Pistorius claims he mistook her for a burglar.

On Monday, the first witness said she heard a woman's "blood-curdling" screams coming from his house on the night of the shooting.

Michelle Burger took to the stand shortly after Pistorius told the court he was pleading not guilty to the charge of premeditated murder and a string of lesser crimes in contravention of the Firearms Control Act.

Burger, who lives less than 200m from Pistorius's home, said she was woken up at 03:00by a woman's escalating screams, followed by those of a man also crying for help.

Burger, who testified mostly in Afrikaans, said she believed she was listening to a robbery in progress. Her husband called security guards and asked them to investigate.

She was aggressively cross-examined by Pistorius's advocate Barry Roux who suggested her recollection was confused.

At one point, Roux put it to Burger that when Pistorius became anxious his voice rose as high as that of a woman, and, given the 177m distance between their homes in adjoining security estates, it was possible she failed to tell the difference.

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