Top quotes from the first day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial

OscarLogoThe Oscar Pistorius murder trial started in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday. Below is a compilation of quotes of the day.

“The fear in her voice [Reeva Steenkamp’s] was horrific.” – State witness Michelle Burger.

“It was very traumatic for me… You can’t translate into words the anxiety in her voice.” — Burger.

“She called for help. She screamed terribly and shouted for help. Then I heard a man also call for help. He called for help three times.” –Burger.

“I woke up due to the petrified screams of the women.” — Burger.

“It was blood-curling… you can’t explain it; you just know, that woman’s life was really threatened.” — Burger.

“You only shout like that if your life is being threatened… it was very intense.” — Burger.

“At the very least I would expect you to say… Captain van Aardt [investigating officer] let me tell you, it was blood-curdling. It was not there [in her statement].” — Pistorius’ lawyer Barry Roux, while cross-examining Burger.

“You can’t say ‘Ek hoor die vrou gille’ [I hear the woman screams].” –prosecutor Gerrie Nel, in response to Roux querying Burger’s statement in Afrikaans.

“There were only two people in the house, there were no eye witnesses.” — Nel.

“The State’s case is based on circumstantial evidence… and on what the neighbours heard…and lead ballistic and forensic evidence.” — Nel.

“There was no argument… It cannot be further from the truth,” Pistorius’ lawyer Kenny Oldwadge.

“It’s not like it’s going to help.” — Oldwadge, when asked if he objected to an early lunch break.

“Not guilty, My Lady.” — Oscar Pistorius, after being read out the charges against him.


One thought on “Top quotes from the first day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial

  • March 3, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    The cross examination did not get to the point…..and there is a language barrier.


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