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13 Mar 2014
1:36 pm

Ex-cop testifies on Reeva shooting scene

Oscar Pistorius was emotional and did not immediately reply when asked what happened the night Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

Oscar Pistorius reacts during his murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Thursday, 13 March 2014. The Paralympian pleaded not guilty to murder, although he admits killing Reeva Steenkamp by shooting her through a locked bathroom door. He mistook her for a burglar in his house, saying he made a tragic but understandable mistake. The murder trial has been compared to that of the OJ Simpson case in the United States 20 years ago. Picture: Alet Pretorius/Pool

“I asked him what happened and he did not answer,” said former policeman Giliam S van Rensburg, who attended to the scene at Pistorius’s home on February 14 2013.

He testified in Pistorius’s murder trial that he saw the athlete in the kitchen of the house in Silver Woods, Pretoria and he was emotional at that stage.

This caused his counsel Barry Roux SC to leap up and say: “My Lady, actually he was very emotional, not emotional.”

Van Rensburg described how he had been called to the scene after attending to an armed robbery earlier in the evening.

When he walked, in he saw a body covered in clothes and towels with blood visible.

He was told by a paramedic that she had been dead on their arrival.

Pistorius is accused of the premeditated murder of model and law graduate Steenkamp in his home on February 14 last year.

He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot at her in a toilet cubicle four times, killing her.

Sapa