PRETORIA - Blade runner Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday put forward his own version of events as to how he shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
In an affidavit, the 26-year-old told the Pretoria Magistrates Court he heard a noise in the bathroom of his luxury home.
He thought it was an intruder because it was dark and felt vulnerable as he did not have his prosthetic legs on.
The statement was read out in court by a Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux.
Pistorius said he got up in the middle of the night to close a sliding door when he heard noises coming from the bathroom.
He was overcome with terror and shouted at Steenkamp to call the police.
The athlete then reached for his gun, which he kept under his bed.
He said his fear of crime and death threats made him sleep with a 9mm pistol under his bed.
It was only in hindsight that he realised what had actually happened.
According to the affidavit, he only realised later that his girlfriend was not in bed.
The athlete said he then used a cricket bat to break down the door.
When he got to Steenkamp, she was still alive and he carried her down the stairs.
She then died in his arms, the Blade Runner claimed.
Pistorius said he was mortified at what happened and repeatedly broke down, sobbing at each mention of his girlfriend's name.
The athlete’s bail application will resume on Wednesday.
For Pistorius’s full statement click here