Pistorius trial - key points from day two

4th March 2014, Comments 0 comments

Day two of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial for the killing of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year was dominated by the testimony of three prosecution witnesses and the judge's rebuke over media coverage of the hearings.

Here are the highlights of Tuesday's proceedings:

- The defence resumed its tough cross examination of Michelle Burger, Pistorius's neighbour. Burger remained adamant the screams she heard on February 14, 2013, came from a woman, not Pistorius, and that she heard gunshots, not the bashing of a cricket bat into the toilet door.

"When I'm in the shower, I relive her shouts," said Burger. "The terrifying screams."

- Defence lawyer Barry Roux was sanctioned by Judge Thokozile Masipa for muttering "of course you didn't" after Burger said she did not compare her testimony with that of her husband, who appeared in the box later in the day.

- The hearing was briefly adjourned in the morning after Masipa was told that a picture of Burger was accompanying an audio broadcast on a South African television station. Masipa returned to warn the media to "behave".

- Estelle van der Merwe, one of the athlete's neighbours, testified that she was woken by loud noises at 1:56 am.

"From where I was lying in bed it sounded to me like two people having an argument," she testified. An hour later she heard gunshots, then a man crying.

- Burger's husband Charl Johnson testified that he heard a woman scream, then five or six gunshots, then the screams died down.

"I remember during the session of shots I heard the lady scream again. The last scream faded the moment after the last gunshot was fired."

© 2014 AFP

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