Pistorius explains why he burst into tears

2014-04-14 13:04
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Pretoria - Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius explained on Monday why he became emotional when he recalled what he shouted at "intruders" in his Pretoria home.

He told the North Gauteng High Court this happened because he was traumatised.

After a tea break, Nel summed up what Pistorius had told the court 30 minutes earlier, that he said he shouted at Reeva Steenkamp, and then he became emotional.

Court had to be adjourned for him to compose himself.

Nel, who was cross-examining him, asked him why.

"Isn't it because that's exactly what you shouted at Reeva, with respect to the court, 'get the fuck out of my house'?"

Pistorius replied: "I was traumatised by the events. By repeating the words it reminds me of that night."

According to Pistorius, he first whispered at Steenkamp to call the police, and moments later shouted at her.

Nel asked why he would raise his voice when nothing had happened in the interim.

"When I shouted I was hoping the burglars would be scared," Pistorius replied.

He shot her through the locked door of his toilet, saying later he thought she was an intruder about to come out and attack him.

The State alleges that he shot Steenkamp during an argument.

Evidence left out

Pistorius left out important evidence in his bail application and plea explanation, Nel later said.

Asked by Nel on Monday about the morning he shot Steenkamp, Pistorius said: "I heard the [toilet] door slamming."

Nel: "There's not a single word of that in your bail application or plea explanation. Why?"

Pistorius: "I'm not sure, my lady."

Nel: "It's because you invented it."

Pistorius testified that the door to the toilet, which was inside the bathroom, slammed after he had shouted out to Steenkamp to call the police.

At this time, he was armed, on his stumps, and approaching the bathroom.

"It was after I screamed to Reeva," Pistorius said.

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