May June Steenkamp’s heart heal at last
FILE PICTURE: Defence advocate Barry Roux is seen during the murder trial of paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Tuesday, 15 April 2014. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters/Pool
“We could not get more than two witnesses for the day,” Barry Roux SC, for Pistorius, said.
Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the case until 9.30am on Tuesday.
On Monday morning, Roux called Pistorius’s neighbours in the Silver Woods Estate, Carice Viljoen and her father Johan Stander, who went to his house shortly after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.
He shot Steenkamp through the locked toilet door of his Pretoria home and contends that he mistook her for an intruder.
Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder. The State argues he killed her during an argument.
Steenkamp’s mother June was in court with her lawyer and a friend on Monday.
Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act — one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.
He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013. On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.
He has denied guilt on these charges.
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