Pistorius was ‘broken’ after shooting

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Oscar Pistorius is on trial over the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.

A former neighbour of Oscar Pistorius has told at the athlete’s murder trial how he “begged” her to save his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s life.


Carice Viljoen described how she raced to the 27-year-old’s home after he called her father for help after shooting Reeva Steenkamp to death.

Pistorius maintains that he thought his girlfriend was an intruder.  

Ms Viljoen said the athlete was distressed and “frantic” from the moment she stepped inside his house on Valentine’s Day in 2013.

While an emotional Ms Viljoen recounted what she saw Pistorius covered his ears with his hands.

Ms Viljoen said: “He was saying, ‘Please, please’. He was begging me to put her in the car and take her to the hospital.

“I was kneeling at Reeva’s side and there was blood everywhere.”

The witness’ father, Johan Stander, recalled the desperate phone call from the athlete in the early hours of the morning.

Stander told the Pretoria court: “He said, ‘Please, please, please come to my house, please. I shot Reeva. I thought she was an intruder. Please, please come quick.'”

Mr Stander said he arrived at Pistorius’ house around three minutes later to find him “broken”, “screaming” and carrying Ms Steenkamp’s body down the stairs.

“Oscar was crying, really crying,” he said. “He was in pain. He asked us to help him. He wanted us to put Reeva in a car and take her to hospital.

“We tried to calm him down. He was broken. He was screaming, crying, praying.”

Pistorius denies a charge of premeditated murder.

The trial continues.


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