Oscar Trial: Roommate on moving rooms
Paralympian Arnu Fourie has sought to explain why he asked to move rooms at the London Paralympics following questions about the matter in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.
FILE PICTURE: Star sprinter Oscar Pistorius is seen with his legal representative Barry Roux (R) at the High Court in Pretoria on Monday, 30 June 2014 after spending 30 days under psychiatric observation to determine if he should be held criminally responsible for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Phill Magakoe/Independent Newspapers /Pool
Fourie posted a statement on social networking site Twitter saying “regarding all the questions after the #oscarpistorius trial today [Tuesday]”.
In the statement Fourie said he approached his doctor at the 2012 Paralympic Games to find out if the “isolation room was available two nights before our 100m final”.
“It was one of the most important races of my life and I wanted to rest and recover well on my own time in preparation for the race. I cherish all the moments we shared at the London Games,” Fourie said in the statement.
Fourie and Oscar Pistorius were teammates in the 400m relay at the games.
During cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius’s agent Petrus Van Zyl on Tuesday, prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked whether he had heard about Oscar Pistorius’s roommate’s request to be moved to another room in the athletes’ village. The roommate apparently complained Oscar Pistorius spent hours shouting at people on his phone.
Van Zyl said he was not told why the athletes were separated, just that it was dealt with by the South African team at the village.