Pistorius told security 'everything is fine'
A Silver Woods Country Estate guard told the court the athlete was crying on the phone.
PRETORIA - A Silver Woods Country Estate security guard on Friday said Oscar Pistorius told him "everything was fine" shortly after receiving reports of gunshots.
The athlete is in court for murdering his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury home in eastern Pretoria on 14 February 2013.
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at the SA Sports Awards on 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP.
He also faces gun-related charges.
The Olympian and Paralympian pleaded not guilty to all charges when he appeared in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on the first day of his trial.
Oscar Pistorius watches proceedings during the first day of his murder trial on 3 March 2014. Picture: Pool
Witness Pieter Baba testified in Afrikaans about security protocols at Silver Woods Country Estate.
An overhead view of Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria. Picture: Carte Blanche.
He told the court they had checkpoints around the entire estate.
When Baba passed the 27-year-old athlete's mansion at around 2:20am that morning, everything seemed normal.
EWN video: A 3D look inside Oscar's house.
It was after 3am when the neighbours claimed to have heard the gunshots, Baba told the court.
He told the court he thinks the 'Blade Runner' called him back by accident and he could hear him crying on the other end of the phone.
The guard said he then realised things were not in order.
"Upon arrival at house number 286, where Pistorius was residing, that's when I started making calls from the site cellphone. I then spoke to Pistorius and he said, 'security, everything is fine'."
Baba told the court he saw Pistorius carrying the Port Elizabeth model's body down the stairs.
"I saw Pistorius coming down the stairs with Reeva. My lady, I was so shocked that I couldn't even think for a few moments."
The aftermath of the shooting. Picture: Sky News.
The state is expected to argue the couple had a fight before the fatal shooting.
A timeline will again be central to defence Advocate Barry Roux when he cross-examines Baba.
The advocate is expected produce phone records which he claims will prove his client called security first.
However, Baba reiterated that it was he who spoke to the athlete first.
Roux says he will produce these records when proceedings resume on Monday.
People from all walks of life are in the overflow room at the Pretoria court to watch proceedings on a big screen.
Most people in the room were journalists, but some were ordinary members of the public.
Lawyers, metro police officers and students also watched the case.
Outside the building, a large group of students and pupils once again crowded the exit hoping to see the Paralympian.
The trial has also attracted a new political party called Africa Unite, which says it hopes to attract attention by being outside the court.
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