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Pistorius case: New details on Tashas shooting

The incident allegedly took place at the northern Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria after the third day of his murder trial on 5 March 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

PRETORIA - More details have emerged on Wednesday about a shooting involving Oscar Pistorius at Tashas restaurant in Melrose Arch.

The athlete is on trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for murdering his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Silver Woods County Estate home in Pretoria East back in February 2013.

The Olympian and Paralympian is also facing gun-related charges.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to all charges on the first day of his trial.

The shooting at the northern Johannesburg restaurant allegedly took place in January 2013.

The establishment was apparently packed when the gun was discharged.

Pistorius's friend, Kevin Lerena, who testified on behalf of the state, told the court the athlete asked a friend to take the blame to avoid media attention.

Kevin Lerena testifies during the third day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on 5 March 2014.

Lerena, a boxer, said the 'Blade Runner' profusely apologised for the incident.

"I do remember clearly, he was very, very surprised, very shocked and apologetic towards me," he said.

Lerena said he ordered pasta while the others ordered drinks.

He says he doesn't know why, but Darren Fresco passed his firearm to Pistorius as it went off.

Wearing a red tie and black suit, Lerena said he knew Pistorius after they met through his sponsor, the Daytona Group.

The prosecution's fifth witness was the owner of Tashas restaurant Jason Loupis.

He told the court Pistorius and his three friends all apologised for the shooting and confirmed the athlete did not return to the establishment after the incident.

Loupis's wife, Maria, also testified on Wednesday afternoon before the matter was adjourned.

The matter will resume on Thursday.

OUTSIDE COURT

Scores of young people waited outside the Pretoria court on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the athlete.

Oscar Pistorius is escorted out of the High Court in Pretoria after the third day of his murder trial on 5 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

Some people gathered outside the gate said they read about the case and wanted to see Pistorius in person.

Since the trial started on Monday, the athlete has had to shove through a media scrum and schoolchildren outside court every afternoon.

On Wednesday morning, the 'Blade Runner' was shielded by members of police as he entered the court building.

Oscar Pistorius is escorted into the High Court in Pretoria as his murder trial enters its third day on 5 March 2014. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

Meanwhile, just around the corner from the Pretoria court, a group of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters demonstrated in the area.

Economic Freedom Fighters members sing outside High Court in Pretoria on 5 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

Around 100 members chanted on the steps of the Palace Of Justice as EFF leader Julius Malema fights the Independent Electoral Commission for reduced registration fees for his party.

Get all the latest developments on the EWN Oscar Pistorius portal.