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NPA complaint lodged against Pistorius

Pistorius allegedly made an inappropriate comment to Reeva Steenkamp's friends in the public gallery.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the North Gauteng High Court on 5 May.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - A formal complaint has been lodged with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) over comments murder accused Oscar Pistorius allegedly made to Reeva Steenkamp’s friends in the public gallery today.

Oscar Pistorius enters High Court in Pretoria ahead of his murder trial on 6 May 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

The incident took place during the morning adjournment in the High Court in Pretoria where three more of the athlete's neighbours were called to testify in his defence. 

Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp at his upmarket Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria East on Valentine’s Day last year.

The 27-year-old claimed he shot the 29-year-old thinking she was an intruder, but the state said it was premeditated murder.

Attorney Ian Levitt says he has taken the matter to the NPA to be addressed.

“Kim Myers was approached by Oscar Pistorius in court today and in a very sinister tone, was asked ‘how can you sleep at night’?”

The NPA’s Nathi Mncube confirmed that the state’s prosecution was made aware of the allegation, but says there is nothing they can do about it. 

He says they cannot get involved, and has advised Levitt to proceed with this matter as he sees fit.

Reeva Steenkamp's friends Gina and Kim Myers in the Pretoria Magistrates Court where Oscar Pistorius appeared on 19 August 2013. Picture: AFP.
Reeva Steenkamp's friends Gina and Kim Myers in the Pretoria Magistrates Court. Picture: AFP.

Eyewitness News saw Desi Myers, Kim’s mother, speaking to a police officer shortly afterwards where it’s understood she reported the matter. 

Desi Myers arrives at the Pretoria High Court on 4 March 2014 ahead of the second day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.
Desi Myers at the Pretoria High Court on 4 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

After proceedings, several reporters questioned Pistorius about the remark, but he denied making any comment at all, adding that he often passed the Myers family in court corridors.

When a foreign journalist pressed Pistorius, saying he had seen the athlete speaking to members of the family, he declined to make any further comments.

While Levitt says he has taken the complaint to the NPA, it's understood state council is expected to approach defence advocate Barry Roux on the matter.

NEIGHBOURS TESTIFY

Pistorius's legal team has called all of the athlete's neighbours on its witness list and is expected to move on to expert witnesses from Thursday.

After calling three neighbours who lived directly next door to the murder accused, the case was adjourned until Thursday.

Michael Nhlengethwa and his wife Eontle, who live next door to Pistorius, told the court they did not hear gunshots last Valentine’s Day.

But Eontle said she woke up after hearing a loud bang, and then the couple both heard a man crying loudly.

Ricca Motshuane, who lives on the other side of the athlete's house, said she also didn’t hear the gunshots but heard a man crying so loudly that it sounded like it was coming from inside her own house.

Motshuane demonstrated to the court what the cries sounded like, saying they were continuous and definitely male.


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