Clouds hover over Pistorius court again

2014-03-07 07:19
An emotional Oscar Pistorius in court. (Sapa)

An emotional Oscar Pistorius in court. (Sapa)

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Oscar's trial - day 4 summary

2014-03-06 14:10

See a summary of the shocking testimony during day 4 of Oscar Pistorius's trial in the North Gauteng High Court.WATCH

Pretoria - Preparations for day five of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial were under way at the North Gauteng High Court on Friday morning.

The cloudy and humid air threatened to bring more rainfall after a relatively sunny Thursday.

Parking bays around the court were already filled up just after 06:00 as journalists arrived.

Staff at the nearby make-shift restaurant were offloading stock and setting up tables for the day.

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

The first doctor to arrive at the scene where Pistorius shot Steenkamp testified on Thursday that the athlete was so emotional he feared he would turn the gun on himself.

"I was afraid Oscar would hurt himself," radiologist Johan Stipp told the court.

Stipp, a neighbour of Pistorius's in the Silver Woods security estate, said he was woken by gunshots and screams. After alerting security, he went to see if anybody needed medical help.

He found Pistorius kneeling next to his dying girlfriend, with one hand on a bullet wound in her thigh and the other in her mouth, trying in vain to force her to breathe.

Pistorius words to him were: "I shot her. I thought she was a burglar and I shot her."

Describing the athlete's distress, he told the court: "He was praying. He was talking to God ... He was trying, maybe I don't know, to get atonement.

"He definitely wanted her to live... He looked sincere to me. He had tears on his face," he said under cross-examination from Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux.  

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  crime  |  pistorius trial

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