5 May 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Neighbours Recount Early Morning Horror

Photo: Marco Longari/Sapa
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius cries in court (file photo).


After a two-week adjournment, Oscar Pistorius was back in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday. Neighbours on the scene that night described a man who was traumatized and who did all he could to save his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. For the athlete accused of murder, this was one of the better days in court.

Early in the morning of 14 February 2012, Carice Stander's dogs grew restless as several screams pierced the silence of the

Silver Woods Country Estate where she lived with her father Johan. Stander's (who has since married and is now a Viljoen) heart raced and she was afraid.

At first she said she had tried to calm her dogs and go back to sleep but lay in bed worrying about what might have happened. It had been a man's scream she had heard but she wondered, "Where's the lady?"

At 3:18 her father had received a phone call. "Please, please, please come to my house. I shot Reeva. I thought she was an intruder. Please, please, please come quick."

It was their neighbour, Oscar Pistorius.

Stander and his daughter drove her silver Mini Cooper to the athlete's house, 212 metres away and...

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