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Nel: Pistorius rushed to danger

The prosecutor asked the athlete why he didn't leave through the bedroom door and escape danger.

Oscar Pistorius receives a bunch of flowers outside the High Court in Pretoria on 11 April 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel on Friday asked Oscar Pistorius why Reeva Steenkamp did not scream out that she was in the bathroom after he shouted there was an intruder in the house.

The 27-year-old athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend at his upmarket Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria East on 14 February 2013.

The 'Blade Runner' also faces gun-related charges for two separate shooting incidents.

Nel has been cross-examining an emotional Pistorius about the night he shot and killed his model girlfriend.

Speaking in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, the prosecutor, known as the 'bull terrier', asked the athlete whether Steenkamp screamed when he opened fire.

"How can you say that nobody screamed during the shots," Nel asked.

"I cannot say no-one screamed during the shots. I can say no-one screamed. There weren't women screaming. There wasn't a woman screaming or shouting," Pistorius said.

Pistorius testified Steenkamp never screamed when he fired the four shots through the door.

The athlete said he screamed very loudly while in the bathroom for the intruder to get out and again for Steenkamp to call for help.

He was also asked why he didn't leave through the bedroom door and escape danger when thinking an intruder had entered his house.

"My lady, I have very, very limited mobility on my stumps on a hard surface like tiles," Pistorius said.

Nel argued that the athlete "rushed towards the danger" and should have been more cautious.

The athlete said when he heard the bathroom window opening, he did not think it was necessary to discuss this with Steenkamp.

He only told her to get down and call the police.

Pistorius conceded he made no attempt to establish where Steenkamp was before storming towards a perceived threat in the bathroom.

He also told him that he was making up his story.

"She [Steenkamp] wasn't scared of anything, except you," Nel claimed.

The matter was adjourned and will resume on Monday.

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