Pistorius trial moves into eighth day

2014-03-12 07:28
Oscar Pistorius appears in the North Gauteng High Court. (Alon Skuy, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius appears in the North Gauteng High Court. (Alon Skuy, Pool)

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Oscar's trial - day 7 summary

2014-03-11 16:12

Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath breaks down what happened in court on day 7. Watch.WATCH

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius will be back in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday following testimony by his friend on day seven of the trial.

Darren Fresco testified that the "Blade Runner" was passionate about guns and had recklessly fired a shot from a car, and another inside a packed restaurant.

Fresco told State prosecutor Gerrie Nel that he swore at Pistorius in shock when the paralympian fired a shot through the open sunroof of the car they were travelling in on an outing to the Vaal River.

In response Pistorius "just laughed" he said.

According to Fresco, Pistorius was furious at the time because a policeman, who had stopped them for speeding, had picked up his pistol after seeing it lying on the seat.

Pistorius told the policeman "you can't just touch another man's gun," he said.

Fresco also testified that, at Pistorius's urging, he had lied for him and taken the blame when after the paralympian sprinter took his firearm and accidentally set it off in Tashas restaurant in Johannesburg in January last year.

Pistorius is facing a charge of premeditated murder over the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

He has pleaded not guilty.

The State has also charged him with firearm offences and suggested that the restaurant incident showed the accused to be a man reluctant to take responsibility for his actions.

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