Pistorius not looks for girlfriend before shooting her - court   2014-04-12 01:37:38            

By Thuso Khumalo

PRETORIA, South Africa, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius did not look for his girl friend Reeva Stenkamp before shooting four bullets through a locked toilet door, where he thought there was an intruder in his house, the Pretoria High Court heard on Friday.

"You were right next to her in a situation of danger but you didn't take the time to consult with her," Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said during cross-examination of Pistorius.

Pistorius, who is being tried for the murder of Stenkamp, said he did not look for Stenkampt before shooting her.

On February 14 last year, Pistorius shot and killed Stenkamp through a locked toilet door after allegedly thinking there was an intruder who had entered his house through the toilet window.

Nel asked Pistorius why he did not first inform Reeva about the noise in the toilet since they were sleeping together on that night.

Pistorius defended his action, saying: "I said to Reeva get down and phone the police. I didn't wait for a response ... My whole being was fixated on this person I thought was in the bathroom."

Nevertheless, Nel insisted, "A reasonable person would have looked where Reeva was to see if she was safe ... but you just grabbed a gun."

In his defence Pistorius told the court he believed Reeva was still in bed though admitting that he did not check if she was still sleeping when he started shooting.

He said he woke up at 3am on the morning of 14 February 2013 to bring two fans into his bedroom from the balcony and this was when he said he heard noise in the toilet which led to the shooting.

Nel also questioned the accused's version that he reacted out of fear because there was previously a burglar at his home. Nel asked why he did not report those crime incidents to the police.

"I didn't trust the police to be able to do anything about the situation," Pistorius replied.

Judge Thokozile Masipa also cautioned Nel to watch his language after he called Pistorius a liar.

"Watch your language, Mr. Nel. You don't call the witness a liar, not while he is in the witness box," Masipa ordered.

The position of Reeva's jeans and the duvet they used that night also came under scrutiny.

When Nel told Pistorius that his version of events of that night does not make sense, the accused became emotional.

"Why are you getting emotional?" Nel asked Pistorius who quickly replied saying, "It's a difficult time for me."

Pistorius went on to explain that he did not understand why people did not see that Reeva was a person that he cared for so much.

In the earlier days of the trial, Pistorius told the court that he was on anti-depressants and a sleeping aid as a result of the strain caused by Reeva's death.

Pistorius, however, insisted that on the day of the shooting he did not want to kill anyone, saying it was an accident. "As I said, My Lady, I didn't want to take anybody's life. I screamed for the intruders to get out of my home."

However, Nel insisted, "You armed yourself -- you were ready to shoot." Pistorius denied this, saying, "I wasn't ready to take someone's life."

Nel also cross examined Pistorius's version that he never heard Reeva screaming throughout the incident. "Are you sure, Mr. Pistorius, that Reeva did not scream after the first shot? Are you sure, Mr. Pistorius?"

Pistorius replied, "I didn't hear her scream after the first shot, My Lady. My ears were ringing."

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act, one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

Pistorius has denied guilt on all the charges. The trial was adjourned to Monday.

Pistorius, known as Blade Runner, was born with deformed feet and without fibula bones in his legs. After both legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, he overcame many obstacles to win a clutch of medals at the Paralympics.

In the 2012 London Olympics Pistorius became the first double- leg amputee to participate in Olympics alongside able-bodied athletes when he competed in the men's 400 metres and 4X400 metres relay races.


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