Witness' phone was ringing off the hook after his number was read out in court

By Kirstin Buick
05 March 2014

The court heard that Johnson's cellphone number was read out in court on Tuesday, and he was initially not aware of it.

The third day of the trial of murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius got underway around 9.30am in the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Judge Thokozile Masipa asked IT designer Charl Johnson to speak a bit louder after he took the stand.

He said that a number of voice mail messages were left on his phone after it was read out in court, including a message asking him why he was lying about what happened on the night that Pistorius killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

On day two of the trial, Johnson testified that he and his wife Michelle Burger were woken up by piercing cries, followed by gunshots in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.

Johnson's testimony corroborated in detail what Burger had told the court on Monday.

Pistorius, wearing a black suit and carrying a laptop bag, arrived at the court around 9.10am on Wednesday surrounded by police and security. His family entered a short while later.

Pistorius, 27, is accused of murdering Steenkamp on February 14 last year.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, and to contraventions under the Firearms Control Act.


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