Pistorius trial: Third witness to testify again

Today marks day four of the trial, with proceedings expected to begin at 9:30am.

Oscar Pistorius and his lawyer Barry Roux at the High Court in Pretoria on 5 March 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - The state's third witness, Charl Johnson, is expected to take the stand again today in the trial of murder accused Oscar Pistorius.

The Olympic and Paralympic shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

His testimony was suspended on Tuesday so that printed copies of the notes he jotted down about the shooting could be made.

The athlete's defence argued that Johnson's statement was used as a template for his wife Michelle Burger's statement.

Burger was the first witness to take the stand when the trial began on Monday at the High Court in Pretoria.

Defence advocate Barry Roux says the couple's statements and testimonies had striking similarities, from the facts to phrasing.

"The only way to satisfy yourself about your liability is to maintain a strong independence in versions. You and your wife have not favoured the court. Both of you could have stood together in the witness box."

Johnson said this was not true.

"I can honestly tell you we did not discuss her testimony and that is my honest word."

Today marks day four of the trial with proceedings expected to begin at 9:30am.


While questions have emerged over the relevance of the firearm-related charges against Pistorius, Eyewitness News understands it's an attempt by the state to prove that the athlete does not take responsibility for his conduct.

Professional boxer Kevin Lerena on Wednesday testified about an incident at Tashas, a restaurant at Melrose Arch, where a firearm the athlete was handling accidentally went off.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the charge, but his defence team did not dispute that the athlete was handling the weapon and that a shot was fired.

Lerena said after the shot was fired, narrowly missing his foot, the athlete asked the gun's owner, Darren Fresco, to take responsibility for the incident because of the potential negative publicity.

Roux has denied this, suggesting that Fresco offered to take the blame, realising that he had given the athlete a gun which was was loaded.

It's believed the state will use this incident to show that Pistorius does not take responsibility for his conduct, and further that he is an irresponsible gun owner.

The state will later call an ex-girlfriend to testify about an incident when the athlete allegedly fired his pistol out of the sunroof of a moving vehicle.

These incidents contribute to the character the state will argue is responsible for the murder of his girlfriend.

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