Pistorius defence questions State witness

2014-03-24 11:05
Oscar Pistorius outside court. (Media24)

Oscar Pistorius outside court. (Media24)

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Nel's cross examination crux of case

2014-04-09 10:38

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel's cross examination of Oscar Pistorius is vital as he was the only witness to the event says criminal law expert William Booth. Watch.WATCH

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's lawyer questioned whether a woman who heard screaming from the Paralympian's house when Reeva Steenkamp was killed had heard other versions of what happened.

"You must have heard certain versions of what was alleged to have taken place?" Kenny Oldwadge, for Pistorius, asked Annette Stipp.

He asked her whether she had compared her version of the early morning hours of 14 February, with others she may have heard in the media.

"I did not compare versions with my version so I can't say I agree or disagree with those versions," Stipp replied.

Not closely following coverage

She said she had not followed media coverage of the case religiously.

"I have not been sitting in front of the TV watching it."

She was testifying in Pistorius's trial.

Pistorius is accused of the premeditated murder of Steenkamp in his Silver Woods Estate, Pretoria, home on 14 February last year. Pistorius contends he shot her through the locked door of his toilet, thinking she was an intruder.

Stipp's house is near Pistorius's in the same townhouse complex.

‘Level of alertness’

Stipp, an occupational therapist, earlier told the court she was unable to sleep that morning as she was feeling "flu-ish".

Oldwadge questioned her about her "level of alertness" that morning, shortly before she heard gunshots while lying in bed, compared to a few minutes later. She said it was the same throughout.

Stipp is married to radiologist Johan Stipp, who testified in the first week of the trial.

Pistorius has been charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp and 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.
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