Pistorius trial: Stander's daughter testifies

The daughter of Oscar Pistorius’s neighbour, Johan Stander, has taken the stand.

Oscar Pistorius is escorted into the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his murder trial on 5 May 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - After a relatively short examination and cross-examination by the defence and prosecution teams, the daughter of Oscar Pistorius's neighbour Johan Stander, Carice Viljoen, was called to testify.

She is leading evidence with defence advocate Barry Roux.

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At the time of the shooting Viljoen lived at the estate.

She stated she is a legal advisor by profession.

Viljoen described Pistorius as a friend as they pair went for coffee on occasion.

She said she provided police with two statements; one on 14 February and another to Captain Mike Van Aardt at a later stage.

The court was shown a picture of Pistorius's house taken from Viljoen's balcony.

She said she woke up on the morning of 14 February with her dogs barking.

"I could hear other dogs in the neighbourhood, they were restless and barking. My sliding door was open and I heard a person call for help three times. I stood and listened closely to where the calls were coming from."

Viljoen said she couldn't figure out where the shouts were coming from.

She closed her door and blinds and got into bed, very afraid and said she didn't know what to do as her dogs kept barking.

After eventually calming down and laying under her covers, she began thinking that she didn't know what had happened or what to do to help.

With that, Roux asked for the tea adjournment before going into the next phase of evidence-in-chief.

JOHAN STANDER CROSS-EXAMINED

During cross-examination, Stander discussed issues pertaining to the estate management team and the estate's security measures, and state prosecutor Gerrie Nel moved on to the night Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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The athlete is facing premeditated murder charges, two separate firearm related charges and one of illegal possession of ammunition.

He maintains that he thought she was an intruder, but was grilled on this during a ruthless cross-examination by Nel when he took the stand a few weeks ago.

The defence is currently winding down its case and has called Stander as its first witness after a two-week break.

Stander confirmed that on the night in question, his daughter went to bed with her balcony door open and he heard no shots and no screams.

With regards to the phone call, Stander said, "I am 100 percent sure of the details of the discussion I had with Oscar when he called me."

He claimed he considered Pistorius as his friend after Nel said Stander believed that the athlete considered him his mentor.

"Oscar would come around for coffee. I never saw him bring his firearm to my house."

He said he had not discussed the incident with the accused.

"I attended the memorial for Reeva held at his uncle Arnold's house. The incident was not discussed."

Nel pressed with this issue, getting Stander to confirm that the incident was never discussed.

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'A MISTAKE'

With regards to the phone call, Stander said, "When he phoned me he said he made a mistake."

Nel latched onto this and pointed out that Stander had never said this earlier during his testimony.

Stander after realising this said it was a mistake that he has now made and confirmed that Pistoirus had never said that.

The witness tried to explain his way out of this, "I interpreted the whole phone call as him saying it was a mistake."

To which Nel responded, "Why from his claim "I thought she was an intruder" you want to tell the court it was a mistake?"

THE SCENE

Moving on after conceding defeat on the phone call, Stander was questioned about when he saw Pistorius for the first time after he shot Steenkamp.

The witness confirmed that there was enough light in the house for him to see the expression on Pistorius's face when he came downstairs.

He said his daughter called Justin Divaris with a phone which was on charge in the kitchen.

"My daughter and I were the first two people in the house. Then Stipp arrived, then paramedics."

Stander claimed that when Stipp emerged from the house he told him that Steenkamp had a fatal head wound.

With regards to the trial, he said he followed the trial in the newspapers and sometimes on TV.

"Since the incident, I have never been back inside the house."

He said when Stipp told him about the four shots, he believed that it was gunshots.

STANDER STEPS DOWN

Stander confirmed to Nel that he was aware that Pistorius's hous e was fitted with an alarm as he used it when he fed the athlete's pets.

On his interaction with Steenkamp, he said, "I met Reeva when she was staying at Oscar's house in December 2012."

Nel concluded his cross-examination and defence advocate Kenny Oldwadge steps up to re-examine his witness.

Oldwadge asked Stander, "You were asked about a phone in the kitchen. Do you know who it belonged to?"

Stander said he didn't.

With regards to the 'mistake issue on the phone call' he said could not recall telling the prosecution in consultation that he interpreted the shooting as a mistake.

With that, Oldwadge concluded and Judge Thokozile Masipa's assessor asked a few questions about the alarm and the sound it made for clarification purposes.

Stander was then asked to step down.

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