Oscar Trial 3.3.2014 12:50 pm

Burger found out about Reeva’s murder later – Oscar trial

Oscar Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux, speaks at the start of his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 3, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (Themba Hadebe, POOL)

Oscar Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux, speaks at the start of his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, March 3, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (Themba Hadebe, POOL)

Witness Michelle Burger only found out later on February 14 last year that Reeva Steenkamp had been killed, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

“I only made a statement later on because I don’t live in Silverwoods [Estate],” said Burger.

“We thought there would be people in Silverwoods that would testify because we are not in that estate.”

Burger said that around 3am on February 14 she heard screams and thought a housebreaking had taken place.

“It was very traumatic for me… It leaves you chilled. You can’t translate into words the anxiety in her voice,” she said.

“I thought it was a housebreaking. We thought someone was attacked.”

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, and contraventions under the Firearms Control Act including possession of ammunition without a licence.

The 27-year-old is accused of murdering Steenkamp at his Pretoria home last year.

Sapa

 

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