Pistorius trial: Neighbour's wife testifies

Another neighbour has testified in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial this morning.

Oscar Pistorius during the testimony of a defence witness at his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on 6 May 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Speaking in Setswana and through an interpreter, Mrs Eontle Nhlengethwa, wife of Michael Nhlengethwa began testifying in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

Mrs Nhlengethwa said she knew Pistorius as a neighbour and they often greeted each other, but that she had never met his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Picture: Carte Blanche.

The athlete is accused of shooting and killing Steenkamp during the early hours of 14 February 2013.

He faces charges of premeditated murder, two separate firearm related charges and one of illegal possession of ammunition.

When his trial began, he pleaded not guilty to all charges and during his testimony claimed to have shot and killed Steenkamp after thinking she was an intruder


While leading evidence for the defence team with her testimony, Mrs Nhlengethwa confirmed, as her husband testified earlier, they went to bed between 10pm and 11pm.

"I woke up to a bang. A very loud sound because it woke me up. I didn't know where it came from. I woke up my husband asking whether he could hear anything."

She said when her husband left the bedroom to go and check on the children and the house, she heard a person calling help three times.

"It was a man's voice. After hearing the person calling for help, I heard a man crying."

She then demonstrated the crying she heard, saying it was a high-pitched voice, but she could not hear what the cries were saying.

"I was in bed as my husband peeped out of the window. That's when he spotted the security vehicle and said he was going outside."

Mrs Nhlengethwa told the court upon her husband's return, he told her someone had died at Pistorius's house, but didn't know what had happened.

"I provided my statement to Investigating Officer Captain Mike Van Aardt after my husband had done the same."

With this, Roux concluded and state prosecutor Gerrie Nel began his cross-examination.

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Mrs Nhlengethwa told Nel that it was a terrible night and she remembered it well.

She confirmed that she only heard one bang, someone calling for help three times and then a man crying.

Nel put it to the witness that her neighbour and radiologist Dr Johan Stipp heard the calls for help after the second set of noises.

She once again confirmed that after the first bang she did not hear any other bangs.

"Apart from help being called three times I could not make out any words and I never heard a woman scream."

Nel told the court he wanted to check his notes while Roux needed to get another witness to court.

With that, the court adjourned for 30 minutes.

When court resumed, Nel moved on and asked about the bang which woke her up.

"It was after I woke up. While in bed I heard the man calling for help three times, then crying."

Mrs Nhlengethwa went on and described the sound as a bang sound.

She was unable to explain it any other way.

Video: Pistorius was broken.

Nel said if the court looked at Stipp's evidence, then Mrs Nhlengethwa heard the second sound.

Nel said that based on Stipp's evidence, the radiologist heard help being called for three times after the second sound.

Mrs Nhlengethwa confirmed that she woke up to a bang, heard the calls for help and no other bangs thereafter.

With that, Nel concluded his cross-examination.


Roux told the court he had a problem with his next witness.

He apologised to Judge Thokozile Masipa and the court, but said he was ahead of schedule and the witness was on her way.

Roux said he was confident that the defence team would conclude its case by next week Tuesday.

Court has been adjourned until the witness arrives.

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