Pretoria, Apr 10 (): Oscar Pistorius has described in the High Court in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, how his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp died in his arms as he badly took efforts to keep her alive after shooting her.
Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears and his voice quivered while describing in the South African court what happened when he opened his bathroom door and saw Reeva Steenkamp bloodied from his own gunfire inside.
The athlete described the minute he used the trigger and fired up four deadly shots at her girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door at his home last year on Valentine’s Day.
27-year-old Pistorius became so upset when he described in the court how he carried the bloody body of his girlfriend. The athlete further explained the dramatic minutes after the shooting happened and after which he realised that he had shot Reena through the locked toilet door.
Pistorius described in the High Court that in order to stop the bleeding, he placed his hand on her hip and to help her breathe he had placed his fingers on her mouth.
He had pleaded not guilty to murdering Steenkamp and affirmed that he supposed a thief was in his house moments before he fired four shots into the closed compartment in his bathroom. He claimed the incident happened due to mistaken identity.
The athlete told the court Ms Steenkamp died in his arms. He denied he had ever intended to kill his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, “‘or anyone else for that matter”, his murder trial heard.
Defense attorney Barry Roux asked Pistorius if he planned to kill Steenkamp. He answered that he did not intend to kill Reeva. After Roux sat down, prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Pistorius if he killed Reeva Steenkamp. He asked Pistorius to know if he was hiding something or telling the truth. Pistorius answered that he was telling the truth to the best of his memory. His family members and friends tried to comfort the Paralympian as he left the court.
Judge Thokozile Masipa alone will decide his fate, as South Africa does not have trial by jury.