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Pistorius witness ‘heard screams’

Michell Burger, who lived on the neighbouring estate to the Silverwoods Estate in Pretoria where Pistorius lived, described hearing a woman screaming followed by four gunshots on the night rolex watches of model Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

Her evidence came on the first day of Pistorius’s highly anticipated trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today, where the six times sprint champion formally pleaded not guilty to four charges including the murder of Steenkamp.

She added: “I heard her screams again, it was worse, it was more intense. Just after her screams, I heard four shots, it was four gunshots that I heard.”

Asked to describe the successive shots, she said there was a pause between the first and second which was longer between the second and third shots and the third and fou rolex watches rth.

She said: “I told my husband that I do not hope that that woman saw her husband being shot in front of her because after he screamed for help we didn’t hear him again.”

The start of the trial which is being watched by the world was delayed by an hour and a half today as the court waited for Afrikaans interpreters.

The double amputee is charged with the murder of Ms Steenkamp, whom he shot dead at his home on Valentine’s Day last year.

Asked how he pleaded, he said: “Not guilty, my lady.”

The Paralympic star, wearing a dark suit, white shirt and dark tie, entered not guilty pleas to four charges.

Pistorius, dubbed the “Blade Runner” for his prosthetic legs, admits shooting Miss Steenkamp dead at his home but claims he thought she was an intruder.

In court today, Pistorius, who was supported by family members including siblings Carl and Aimee and his uncle Arnold, came face to face with Steenkamp’s mother June, who is attending the trial.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court: “They were the only two people in the house. There were no eyewitnesses.

“The state’s case is based on circumstantial evidence.”

He said evidence inc rolex watches luded what neighbours heard, and prosecutors would argue that “a certain i rolex watches nference” could be drawn from the scene.

“We argue that the accused’s version in the bail application and today could not reasonably possibly be true, should be rejected,” he said, adding: “The only inference from the circumstantial evidence would be that the accused shot and killed the deceased.”

The court was read a statement from Pistorius in which he claimed he mistakenly thought there was an intruder in his home, leading him to open fire in an attempt to protect himself and Steenkamp.

The statement, read by Pistorius’s defence lawyer while the athlete remained standing, said the scene had been contaminated and disturbed.

In it, the Paralympian said he did not intend to kill his then girlfriend that night and they had not argued that night.

He said: “I deny this allegation in the strongest terms because there was no argument. The allegation that I wanted to shoot (or kill) Reeva cannot be further from the truth.”

Pistorius was photographed in bloody prosthetics

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) Police photographs of a bare chested Oscar Pistorius standing in his garage on blood stained prosthetic legs and wearing shorts covered in blood, taken shortly after the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend, were shown to the court at his murder trial Friday.

Prosecutors displayed two photos on TV monitors in the courtroom, with the first of the muscled double amputee Olympic athlete standing facing a camera. There are blood stains up to the knees of his limbs and his shorts are also bloodied, but his naked chest appears to be clean of blood.

A second photograph of Pistorius from the waist up and from the left side also shows blood on his shorts and parts of his body, with a tattoo visible on his back.

The photographs were taken in Pistorius’ Pretoria home soon after the athlete killed Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year, a former policeman testified. Pistorius says he carried Steenkamp downstairs to try to sa rolex watches ve her after mistakenly shooting her in his bathroom.

Former police Col. van Rensburg described the early part of the investigation after he arrived at the scene around 30 to 40 m rolex watches inutes after prosecutors say Pistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre dawn hours of Feb. 14, 2013. The prosecution says Pistorius intentionally killed Steenkamp in the upstairs bathroom after a loud argument and then tried to cover it up by saying he thought the 29 year old model was a dangerous intruder.

Pistorius, 27, maintains the killing was an rolex watches accident and has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

Van Rensburg, the former commander at a police station close to Pistorius’ home, said he didn’t arrest Pistorius immediately, but did warn him to remain at the house.

“I told him I observed him as a suspect at that stage,” van Rensburg said. “I warned him of his rights . I requested him to remain present at all times at the scene.”

Van Rensburg said Pistorius was earlier “very emotional,” and that the runner’s brother and sister, Carl and Aimee, and a lawyer later arrived at the house.

A close up photograph of the toilet inside the cubicle where Steenkamp was shot three times, once in the head, was also displayed. It showed an extensive blood smear on the rim, as well as thick blood streaks in the bowl, where the water was also dark with blood.

Van Rensburg said he recognized the toilet door through which Pistorius shot as the “most valuable” piece of evidence, and that it was important to secure it, particularly since he had heard media were willing to pay up to $5,500 for a photo of it.

The toilet door was placed in a plastic “body bag” and transported to a police station, where van Rensburg said he stored it in his office because it was too big to fit in an area normally reserved for evidence from crime scenes.

The police investigation has been heavily criticized by Pistorius’ defense lawyer, Barry Roux.

Roux particularly questioned the conduct of former investigating officer Hilton Botha, who was thrown off the case last year and resigned from the police force.

Roux repeatedly asked van Rensburg what Botha was doing at the scene during different parts of the investigation. Botha admitted last year that he didn’t wear proper forensic clothing and shoe covers when he examined parts of the scene, and Pistorius’ team believes the police disturbed evidence and may have tampered with it.

“You did not disturb anything in the bathroom? You did not see Mr. Hilton Botha disturb anything in the bathroom?” Roux asked van Rensburg.

“Were you acutely aware that you should not disturb the scene? Did you have that awareness? And what was Mr. Botha doing?” Roux asked a little later.

And again, Roux said: “Where was Mr. Botha now?” Van Rensburg said at points he did not know where Botha was.

During the investigation in the bathroom, van Rensburg also said that he turned around at one point to see that the firearms expert was handling the gun Pistorius used to kill Steenkamp and had taken the magazine out of the weapon without using gloves.

“I asked him, ‘What are you doing?'” van Rensburg testified. The officer realized his error, apologized, put the magazine back in the gun and laid it on the mat where it was on the floor.

“I was very ang rolex watches ry,” van Rensburg said.

Van Rensburg also testified that one of Pistorius’ expensive watches was apparently stolen from the crime scene that night. About eight expensive watches were found in a blood spattered box in Pistorius’ bedroom and van Rensburg said he warned fellow officers that the watches should be observed closely because they could be tempting to anyone moving through the crime scene.

Pistorius’ sister asked if she could take one of the watches, leaving seven in place, he said. But van Rensburg said another went missing while he was out of the room, prompting him to order the frisking of all the police forensic experts on the scene, as well as a search of their bags and vehicles, and the entire house.