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9 Apr 2014
10:56 am

Oscar deals with details

Oscar Pistorius agreed with earlier testimony that he was seen rushing across his bathroom the night he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but differed over some details, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is seen with a family member at the high court in Pretoria on Monday, 7 April 2014 where his murder trial resumed after one of the judge's assessors fell ill. The athlete is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp whom he shot dead through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. He claims he mistook her for an intruder. Picture: Deaan Vivier/Media24/Pool

He agreed with neighbours’ Anette and Johan Stipp’s testimony that he ran from right to left in his bathroom and that three thudding sounds were heard.

“What they must have seen was me running from right to left to kick the door,” he said.

“I fired the shots without my prosthetic legs on. I put my prosthetic legs on and tried to get access to Reeva to get her out,” he said.

They would have seen his torso if he had his “legs” on, he said.

The noise they heard was the cricket bat hitting the door when he tried to free her.

There has been a difference in forensic opinion over whether he had his prosthesis on or not when he shot through the toilet cubicle and then broke the door down.

The State alleges he killed Steenkamp during an argument.

He has pleaded not guilty to murder.