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Pistorius trial resumes with estate manager on stand

Published on May 5, 2014 5:43 PM
 

PRETORIA (REUTERS) - South African Paralympic and Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius returned to court on Monday for the resumption of his murder trial, with the defence calling Mr Johan Stander, the manager of his upmarket Pretoria housing complex, as a witness.

Mr Stander, who lived near Pistorius in the Silverwoods estate, was the first person on the scene after the 27-year-old shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Feb 14 - Valentine's Day - last year.

Taking the stand, Mr Stander told the court that he received a phone call from a distressed Pistorius in the middle of the night, saying he had killed the 29-year-old law graduate and model by mistake.

"Oom (Uncle) Johan, please, please come to my house. I shot Reeva. I thought she was an intruder. Please, please come quickly," he quoted Pistorius as telling him in a phone conversation minutes after the shooting.

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius sits in his dock during his ongoing murder trial, in Pretoria, South Africa on May 5, 2014. South African Paralympic and Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius returned to court on Monday, May 5, 2014, for the resumption of his murder trial, with the defence calling Mr Johan Stander, the manager of his upmarket Pretoria housing complex, as a witness. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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