Pistorious: Reeva didn't scream in bathroom after 1st shot

By Hassan Isilow, Friday, April 11, 2014

Pistorious took the stand on Friday for the fifth day to answer charges that he murdered his 29-year-old model girlfriend.

Pistorious took the stand on Friday for the fifth day to answer charges that he murdered his 29-year-old model girlfriend.

PRETORIA – Internationally-recognized South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorious told a Pretoria court on Friday that he wished slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had told him she was inside the bathroom before he had fired the four shots that killed her.

"I wish she let me know she was in there," he told the court after Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had asked him whether his girlfriend had screamed or shouted after he fired the first shot.

"No one screamed. There wasn't a woman screaming or shouting," he replied.

Pistorious took the stand on Friday for the fifth day to answer charges that he murdered his 29-year-old model girlfriend.

The 27-year-old Paralympian says he shot through the bathroom door of his Pretoria home after having mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder.

On Friday, the athlete testified that he had screamed loudly at the time, ordering the suspected intruder to get out of his home.

"I didn't want to take anybody's life. I screamed for the intruders to get out of my home," he told presiding judge Thokozile Masipa, saying his aim had been to confront the suspected prowlers.

Then the prosecutor asked why he hadn't fled through his bedroom door if he thought an intruder was inside the house.   

"I have very limited mobility on my stumps on a hard surface like tiles," he said.

Prosecutors believe Pistorious had quarreled with Reeva before shooting her.

Pistorious's testimony – that there were no screams by Steenkamp – contradicts the accounts of several witnesses who testified last month that they had heard a woman scream and gunshots.

"I heard sounds of a woman screaming and sat up in bed," Michelle Burger, a University of Pretoria lecturer who lives near Pistorious' home, told the court last month.

Burger also said she had heard a male voice calling for help.

"I also heard a male voice saying 'help, help, help'," she recalled.

"What I heard was very traumatic for me," the witness told the judge.  "You could hear blood curdling screams."

Popularly known as the "Blade Runner," Pistorious was born without the fibulas of both legs. Before he was one year old, he had to have both lower limbs amputated.

In 2004, at the age of 17, he rose to fame after clinching 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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