Prosecutors are trying to build a case that Pistorius, one of South Africa’s most celebrated sportsmen, intentionally killed Steenkamp after a fight and attempted to cover it up by saying he thought she was an intruder.
“Mr. Pistorius’ exact words were, `Security, everything is fine,“’ Baba said when defense lawyer Barry Roux argued Pistorius actually said “I’m fine” on the call.
Earlier Friday, ex-girlfriend Taylor, wearing a white jacket, said Pistorius carried a gun with him “all the time” when they were together, and on one occasion he fired it out of a car’s sunroof soon after a policeman stopped the car they were in for speeding. Taylor, who started dating Pistorius in 2011 after meeting him the previous year at a rugby match, described another incident in which she and Pistorius were followed by a car as he drove home.
“When we arrived at his estate, he jumped out of the car with his gun and held it to someone’s window and then they drove away,” Taylor said.
The court adjourned briefly after Taylor broke down in tears while describing how Pistorius also cheated on her with another woman, before he began his relationship with Steenkamp. It adjourned again when she wept while describing problems in her relationship with Pistorius, the first amputee to run in the Olympics.
Taylor said: “He cheated on me with Reeva Steenkamp.”
Roux said he would produce emails between Taylor and Pistorius to show that was untrue, and he also sought to highlight apparent gaps in Taylor’s memory of the sunroof shooting incident on a road in September 2012. Roux said Pistorius had denied the incident.
After prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked permission from the judge to uncover possible new evidence at the end of the former girlfriend’s testimony, Taylor also described previous incidents when Pistorius thought there was an intruder trying to get into his home, and he reacted by waking her up, she said.
“There was one occasion when something hit the bathroom window and Oscar woke me up and asked me if I heard it,” Taylor said. “He got up with his gun.”
But he woke you up, Nel asked.
“Yes. There was probably one or two occasions when he woke me up to ask me if I heard something,” Taylor replied.
Pistorius did not attempt to wake or locate Steenkamp before he shot her by mistake, according to his own version of events.
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