Pistorius witness destroyed notes - Roux

2014-03-06 11:20
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Pretoria - Michelle Burger, a witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, destroyed the notes she made on the events of 14 February 2013, the night the paralympian killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, according to his defence attorney.

Barry Roux SC told the North Gauteng High Court this emerged during Wednesday's adjournment, which came after he asked to see Johnson's original notes.

"We were told in no uncertain terms, we were all standing together, that she had destroyed her notes," Roux said to Johnson.

Johnson said he did not know.

Roux has said Johnson and his wife's statements bear striking similarities, and has already asked whether they have discussed their testimony, which Johnson has denied.

Roux is questioning whether the screams witnesses have said they heard were indeed Steenkamp's, and whether the shots fired could have been the cricket bat Pistorius used to break down the toilet door.


Officials have retrieved three sets of notes made Johnson on what he remembers about the morning he heard screams and gunshots coming from the Pistorius's home.

The notes were entered on Thursday as evidence.

Roux told the court that the notes were made exactly a year ago, on 6 March 2013.

Peering from beneath his glasses, Roux continued to dwell on the similarity that existed between the couple's official statements they gave to police.

Johnson and Burger said their statements were given independently and they had not shared any information since the trial started on Monday.

Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He shot her dead at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year.

Thursday was a significant day for Pistorius as it also marked 12 years since the death of his mother, Sheila.

He appeared calm and collected ahead of his proceedings. His siblings, Carl and Aimee, were both in court to support him.

Before proceedings began, Carl Pistorius went over to the dock and hugged his brother. They spoke for a few minutes and Carl, the oldest of the Pistorius siblings, then straightened his younger brother's suit.

As before, Pistorius's uncle Arnold was also in court.

The State will try to prove that Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he shot and killed Steenkamp through the locked bathroom door at his home.

In addition he is charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Pistorius's lawyers will argue that he mistook her for an intruder when he shot through the bathroom door.

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