Pistorius trial: Darren Fresco testifies

The man who will tie up two of Pistorius’s firearm-related charges has taken the stand.

The man who will tie up two of Pistorius’s firearm-related charges has taken the stand. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - State prosecutor Gerrie Nel has called Darren Fresco to the stand in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Fresco has also requested that his face not be broadcast during his testimony.

Oscar Pistorius arrives at court on 11 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

Fresco will tie up two separate shooting incidents which previous witnesses Kevin Lerena and Samantha Taylor testified about.

Wearing a black suit, white shirt and black tie, Fresco was warned by Nel that he may provide evidence which could incriminate himself.

The witness confirmed to Nel he obtained assistance from an attorney when making his statement as to not get himself into any trouble.

Judge Thokozile Masipa stated that if Fresco answered honestly and frankly, he would be immune to prosecution related to the incidents in question.

"I met Pistorius on a breakfast run and became friendly after that."

He said he knew Reeva Steenkamp well and had met her when she moved to Johannesburg seven years ago.

Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Carte Blanche

Fresco gave his account of events of the shooting near the Vaal, which aligned with testimony given by Taylor.

Fresco told the court of the incident in late 2012 in which he'd been driving with Pistorius and Taylor, when they were pulled over first by police and then metro police.

He told the court that after the encounter, the athlete got angry.

"He was furious that someone else had touched his gun. From there, we went to a house to go see someone about a firearm."

Fresco testified the group then headed towards Atholl Square for dinner.

"I was driving and Pistorius was in the passenger seat and Sam was in the back seat. Without prior warning, he shot out of the sunroof. Instinctively I moved over to the right because the noise was in my left ear."

Fresco said he asked Pistorius whether he was "f*cking mad".

"He laughed. I felt like my ear was bleeding."

Fresco also confirmed that this was not the only shooting incident involving Pistorius.

He also gave his testimony about the shooting incident at Tashas when Pistorius was handling Fresco's firearm when it went off.

The witness told the court that after Pistorius accidentally fired his handgun, the athlete asked him to take the blame for the incident.

Fresco further added being a good friend, he fabricated a story telling the restaurant owners the firearm fell out of his shorts causing it to discharge.

When asked by Advocate Barry Roux about why he omitted that from the first statement during cross-examination, Fresco said he couldn't remember.

The witness did however confirm that was not included in the statement.

The defence team's line of questioning suggests they believe Fresco tailored his testimony to fill the gaps after hearing Kevin Lerena's testimony.

Kevin Lerena testifies.

PATHOLOGIST CONCLUDES TESTIMONY

Earlier, Roux stressed the point that pathologist Gert Saayman was not exact about his findings about the contents of Steenkamp's stomach.

Saayman read from a medical journal that on the issue of gastric emptying, it takes one to three hours from when a meal was last eaten.

Gert Saayman. Picture: Gallo

Roux ended the cross-examination by asking, "Can you say what percentage of the whole meal was in Steenkamp's stomach?". Saayman answered in the negative.

Barry Roux. Picture: Pool

After a brief re-examination by Nel, Saayman was excused and the court adjourned for tea.

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