Oscar Pistorius found praying over body

PRETORIA - A neighbour of Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial he found the South African Paralympic star praying over the body of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as she lay dying.

In the trial's first account of the moments after the shooting, Johan Stipp said he tried to revive Ms Steenkamp.

During Dr Stipp's testimony, Mr Pistorius cried and seemed to retch.

The double amputee denies intentionally killing her, saying he mistook the 29-year-old model for an intruder.

If found guilty, the 27-year-old could face life imprisonment.

Dr Stipp said he could see Ms Steenkamp's brain tissue in her hair.

At this point, a police officer passed a plastic bag to Mr Pistorius.

Recalling the night of 14 February 2013, Dr Stipp said he had heard gunshots.

He said he had found Mr Pistorius kneeling by her body.

"I shot her," the Paralympic star told him. "I thought she was a burglar."

Dr Stipp said Mr Pistorius had been in an emotional state. Fearing he might hurt himself, he had asked where the gun was.

Comments (3)

Kanti vele wayembulalelani why shd somebody kill a girlfriend he is stupid must die in jail

Nqwa - 6 March 2014

there is not going to be justice in this case because of its unique nature. the fact that pretorius is disabled makes him a special case in that disabled people tend to be emmotionally disturbed, this however should not be construed to mean that society supports murder by him. on the other hand the fact that he was able to rise despite his disability makes him a model and a face for the disabled. meaning that a harsh sentence to Pretorious tends to be viewed as a backlash to the efforts of the disabled. Personarly however l feel Pistorious is guilty of premeditated madder but should be sentenced to less than 15 years in rehabilitation. NO OFFENCE INTENDED

patrick kamupazanga - 7 March 2014

if it was in zim he surely was going to face the hangman noose cause its a first degree murderer

adzoo - 7 March 2014

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