Pistorious murder trial resumes in Pretoria
By Hassan Isilow, Tuesday, March 04, 2014
PRETORIA – The trial of South Africa`s internationally-recognized Paralympian Oscar Pistorious on charges of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine`s Day of last year resumed in Pretoria on Thursday.
The defense team is cross-examining Michelle Burger, the first state witness in the high-profile case.
Burger, a University of Pretoria lecturer and a state witness, testified Monday against the sports icon.
She gave the court chilling descriptions of screams she reportedly heard on the night Steenkamp was killed.
The witness, who spoke a mixture of English and Afrikaans, one of South Africa`s official languages, said she had never met the sports icon in person.
Defense lawyer Barry Roux asked Burger today how sure was she that it was a woman who was screaming when she reportedly heard the screams.
Burger insisted that she heard a woman screaming followed by four gun shots.
State Prosecutor Gerriel Nel cautioned the media against showing faces of witnesses, saying the face of Burger had been shown on a local TV channel.
There were few people outside the court room because of the morning rain in Pretoria, compared to Monday when the trial first opened.
Pistorious has pleaded not guilty to all four charges leveled against him, including the murder of Steenkamp at his Pretoria home.
He insists he shot at the bathroom door of his home, thinking an intruder had entered the house and not realizing his model girlfriend was inside.
Popularly known as the "Blade Runner," Pistorious was born without the fibulas in both of his legs. Before he was one year old, he had to have both lower limbs amputated.
In 2004, he rose to fame at the age of 17 after winning a gold medal at the Athens Paralympics Games. The sprinter has since gone on to win several other medals.
Pistorious made history in 2012 by becoming the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics.
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