Witness hands in testimony notes

Officials have retrieved three sets of notes made by a witness on what he remembers about the morning he heard screams and gunshots coming from the home of murder accused, Oscar Pistorius.

The notes, which were made by Charl Johnson, were entered on Thursday (06/03/2014) as evidence at the High Court in Pretoria.

Pistorius’s lawyer, Barry Roux, told the court that the notes were made exactly a year ago, on March 6, 2013.

The final version of the notes had been retrieved on an email, sent to a police officer that night.

Johnson on Wednesday told the court that his wife, Michelle Burger, had also made notes on the incident.

Roux on Thursday told the court that Burger’s notes were not found as she claimed they had been destroyed.

Peering from beneath his glasses, Roux on Thursday continued to dwell on the similarity that existed between the couple’s official statements they gave to police.

Johnson and Burger said their statements were given independently and they had not shared any information since the trial started on Monday.

Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

He shot her dead at his home in Pretoria on Valentine’s Day last year.

Thursday was a significant day for Pistorius as it also marked 12 years since the death of his mother, Sheila.

He appeared calm and collected ahead of his proceedings.

His siblings, Carl and Aimee, were both in court to support him.

Before proceedings began, Carl Pistorius went over to the dock and hugged his brother. They spoke for a few minutes and Carl, the oldest of the Pistorius siblings, then straightened his younger brother’s suit.

The State will try to prove that Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he shot and killed Steenkamp through the locked bathroom door at his home.

In addition he is charged with the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Pistorius’s lawyers will argue that he mistook her for an intruder when he shot through the bathroom door. – Sapa

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