Oscar Pistorius trial day two: As it happened

Key Points

  • South African athlete Oscar Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their home in Pretoria on 14 February 2013
  • Mr Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to all the charges he faces
  • The trial heard from some of the defendant's neighbours. One of them, Michelle Burger, said she heard "terrible" screams and a man cry for help, then "four gunshots"
  • The judge has warned the media not to use images of witnesses without consent, after a TV network broadcast a picture of Ms Burger
  • For the first time in South Africa, parts of the trial are being televised live
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  1.  
    07:15:

    Good morning and welcome to live updates from the Oscar Pistorius trial, due to start at 07:30 GMT (10:00 local time) in Pretoria, South Africa.

    The 27-year-old athlete, who competed at both the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the Olympics, is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp - a charge he vigorously denies.

     
  2.  
    07:16:

    You can watch a timeline of the case that has gripped South Africa, and the world, here.

     
  3.  
    07:17:

    On the first day of the trial, Mr Pistorius pleaded not guilty to killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their home in Pretoria on 14 February 2013.

     
  4.  
    07:18:

    His lawyer is to resume questioning one of his neighbours, Michelle Burger, who heard "terrible screams" before shots were fired. Ms Burger said in her evidence that "you could hear blood-curdling screams".

     
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    07:18:

    The court will hear profoundly differing accounts of how Ms Steenkamp died. Explore the scene of her death interactively.

    A computer graphic representation of the scene of Ms Steenkamp's death
     
  6.  
    07:26:

    Defence lawyer Barry Roux gave Ms Burger a very thorough questioning yesterday. It is thought he will continue pushing her on what he says are inconsistencies in her evidence.

     
  7.  
    07:30:

    Watch a short summary of Day One's proceedings here.

    A summary of Day One's proceedings
     
  8.  
    The BBC's Kate Forbes

    tweets: Day 2 of #OscarPistorius trial. Expect the next of 17 lay witnesses, e.g those in the estate who heard something that night

     
  9.  
    Kate Forbes

    tweets: You need a wetsuit, not a business suit to wear here at the #OscarPistorius trial

    Rain outside court
     
  10.  
    07:37:

    Day Two of the trial has begun.

     
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    07:39:

    Mr Roux begins his remarks in court by outlining what he will focus on with Ms Burger's testimony today: her credibility and reliability.

     
  12.  
    The BBC's Andrew Harding, in court

    tweets: Listen carefully to my question.. it wasn't that difficult - says Roux after witness asks him to repeat it. Trying to put her on defensive.

     
  13.  
    07:40:

    Mr Pistorius, pensive on his way into court this morning.

    Oscar Pistorius shelters from the rain as he makes his way to North Gauteng High Court for the second day of his trial
     
  14.  
    07:44:

    The witness is sticking firmly to her story - refusing to be drawn by Roux, who says "I'm going for the eighth time through same question."

     
  15.  
    Andrew Harding

    tweets: Prosecutor Nel jumps up and says Roux needs to stop asking same question. The Judge - rarely heard so far - agrees.

     
  16.  
    07:49:

    Ms Burger again refers to the "petrified" screams she said she heard. Barry Roux reminds her that she thought that the incident was a burglary, at the time.

     
  17.  
    07:54:

    The court has adjourned as Prosecutor Nel says the witness appeared in the live TV coverage. Witness testimony is excluded from TV broadcast, although audio of the entire trial is being broadcast.

     
  18.  
    07:59:

    Prosecutor Nel says he was shown images on a member of the media's mobile phone, that suggested the witness had appeared in the TV coverage. If true, it will be a major blow to the broadcaster that won the - historic - rights to show the trial, says the BBC's Andrew Harding.

     
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    08:03:

    There is a feeling in South Africa that it is much more than just Mr Pistorius on trial. There is a perception, especially in poor communities, that the rich are above the law. It is only a perception, but the courts are keen to show that this is not the case, which is one of the reasons the proceedings are being televised at all.

     
  20.  
    Andrew Harding

    tweets: Sounds like a local TV channel used a photo of witness Burger from a website, not from her court appearance. Is it allowed?

     
  21.  
    08:08:

    Defence Council Roux has a reputation as a dogged, and successful, defence lawyer in South Africa. His questions, delivered as though to someone who does not quite understand the questions, are designed to put Ms Burger on the defensive, says Andrew Harding.

    Barry Roux, in court
     
  22.  
    08:14:

    The court session has restarted.

     
  23.  
    08:17:

    There will be an investigation into the use of the witness' image. The judge warns the press that in the event of future violations they "are not going to be treated with soft gloves" and must "stop any photographs from any sources".

     
  24.  
    Andrew Harding

    tweets: I suspect Roux wants to suggest the witness adapted her testimony based on what she later learned, rather than what happened at the time.

     
  25.  
    08:23:

    Now Mr Roux makes it explicit, accusing Ms Burger of using "retrospective knowledge" in her statement - distorting events in light of press coverage of the events.

     
  26.  
    08:27:
    Judge Thokozile Masipa

    Judge Thokozile Masipa was once, many years ago, a crime correspondent.

     
  27.  
    08:32:

    Prosecutor Nel repeats his objection of yesterday, about the interpretation of the witnesses statement, which was given in Afrikaans. Defence Council Roux says he is only interested in one sentence of the statement, about which there is no room for dispute. But Prosecutor Nel insists it must be read in the context of the sentences around it - about which there is room for interpretation.

    Prosecutor Nel
     
  28.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    tweets: Burger says there is no conflict between her statement and court testimony. Statement "only a few pages" while now she can talk at length.

     
  29.  
    08:48:

    Watch a timeline of the events around Reeva Steenkamp's death.

     
  30.  
    Milton Nkosi BBC News, Pretoria

    tells the BBC News Channel the photograph of the witness appeared on a local television news channel while the audio of the trial was played out, despite a request from Ms Burger not to be pictured. The picture was not from inside the court, our correspondent adds. The judge adjourned proceedings to deal with the matter and then ruled that no pictures of the witness, in any shape or form, should be publicised during the trial.

     
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    08:53:

    Mr Roux is suggesting Ms Burger could not possibly have heard emotion in a woman's voice at the distance between her home and Mr Pistorius', and with Ms Steenkamp inside a locked toilet with the window closed. Ms Burger insists she could.

     
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    08:56:

    Mr Roux suggests that the court should go to Ms Burger's home, to test whether she could hear emotion in a woman's voice from that distance. She replies that several homes have since been built in between Mr Pistorius's home and hers.

     
  33.  
    08:57:

    The court has adjourned for a short break.

     
  34.  
    Milton Nkosi BBC News, Johannesburg

    adds that Mr Roux has been relentless and unforgiving in his questioning of Ms Burger. But the witness has been calm and consistent in her answers.

     
  35.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    During break #OscarPistorius is hunched over his notebook, putting coloured stickers in it and marking bits with an orange highlighter.

     
  36.  
    Milton Nkosi BBC News, Johannesburg

    tweets: Michelle Burger remains calm +consistent under a hurricane of questions from Barry Roux. She answers to 'my Lady' instead to a pounding Roux

     
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    eNCA News, the network that used an image of witness Ms Burger, tweets: NOTE: 'We used a still picture from the University website - also carried in daily newspapers.' - Patrick Conroy, Head of News, eNCA

     
  38.  
    South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius in court

    A quick reminder of today's developments:

    • Defence lawyers for Oscar Pistorius are continuing to question a neighbour who says she heard a woman's screams on the night of Ms Steenkamp's death
    • The court was briefly adjourned over concerns a picture of the witness, Michelle Burger, was shown on a local television network during its coverage of the trial
    • Judge Thokozile Masipa has warned that no photographs of witnesses from any sources should be used by the media

    You can also follow the latest updates here.

     
  39.  
    Karin Giannone

    tweets: The torrential rain continues in Pretoria - and the intense cross examination of #Pistorius' neighbour enters day 2.

    Rain outside court
     
  40.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    tweets: Defence line clear: Reeva in closed toilet with closed window. So screams can only have been #OscarPistorius in bathroom with open window.

     
  41.  
    The BBC's Karin Giannone

    outside the court, says it is another rainy day in the capital. Inside the court, intense questioning of Ms Burger has resumed. The defence are trying to rip apart her claims that she heard four gunshots and terrible screams coming from the house.

     
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    09:38:

    Forensic anthropologist Patrick Randolph-Quinney tells the BBC News Channel the role of forensics in this trial is to corroborate - or undermine - Mr Pistorius's story. The athlete has admitted the shooting - the state has laid charges of premeditated murder whereas the defence say it was culpable homicide. The role of forensics is to try to figure out who is telling the truth in relation to that. For example, forensic evidence on where the shots were fired from could tell us a lot about Mr Pistorius's motivation, said Mr Randolph-Quinney.

     
  43.  
    09:38:

    The trial has just resumed.

     
  44.  
    09:38:

    Witness Michelle Burger is back in the stand. She is again insisting she did not change her testimony based on any subsequent media information she heard.

     
  45.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    Roux says witness's statement suspiciously similar to her husband's. He has underlined those similarities and is offering that as an exhibit. "Paragraph by paragraph.. it's as if one (witness statement) was used as a template for the other," says Roux of Ms Burger and her husband's statements.

     
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    09:45:

    "You don't need extra qualifications to see the striking similarities" between the husband and wife witness statements, says Mr Roux.

    Ms Burger responds that she and her husband were in the same house and went to bed at the same time so the sequence of events was the same. "We heard more or less the same thing," she adds.

     
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    09:48:

    Mr Roux is going through Ms Burger's witness statement line by line.

     
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    09:49:

    Do you know what it sounds like when a cricket bat makes contact with wood, asks Mr Roux. "My lady, I've never heard that, no," responds Ms Burger.

     
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    09:50:

    Judge Masipa agrees with Prosecutor Nel that a sarcastic comment by Barry Roux should not be allowed. Mr Roux also agrees and apologises.

     
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    09:51:

    Ms Burger adds that she has heard gunshots before. "I can't think it would sound the same [as a cricket bat on a door] but only an expert in sound would know that," she says.

     
  51.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    Witness says gunshot is "extremely loud." What is your expertise? says Roux.

     
  52.  
    09:53:

    Ms Burger reiterates that she heard four gunshots, under questioning by Mr Roux.

     
  53.  
    09:53:

    Media interest in the case has been intense, both locally and abroad.

    South Africans make their way to work past a newspaper poster
     
  54.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    Witness concedes she doesn't know what bat hitting door, or Pistorius screaming, might sound like. But sticks to story. #OscarPistorius

     
  55.  
    09:56:

    Ms Burger says she heard "distinctly two different voices" of the shouts that came from the house during the incident.

     
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    09:56:

    Mr Roux says it would make no sense for a man who is about to kill girlfriend to shout for help.

     
  57.  
    09:57:

    Mr Pistorius has been joined in court by his family.

    Mr Pistorius in court
     
  58.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    A key moment - "It would make no sense when a man about to kill his girlfriend for him to shout help" says Roux. #OscarPistorius

     
  59.  
    10:03:

    Mr Roux asks Ms Burger why a man would shout for help if he was trying to kill his girlfriend?

     
  60.  
    10:03:

    "I really think you have exhausted this," says the judge, in response to aggressive badgering of Ms Burger by the defence council. Mr Roux agrees to move his questioning on.

     
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    10:06:

    Reluctant to answer the question, Ms Burger says it should be directed at Mr Pistorius. When pushed, she suggests that perhaps the man calling for help called for help as a way of trying to cover his tracks - "a mockery," in her words. Mr Roux leaps on this as an example that she might have already decided on a narrative for the night's events.

     
  62.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    #OscarPistorius head drops into hands as Roux reads details of bullets hitting Reeva Steenkamp's head, for "the benefit of the court".

     
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    10:08:

    Mr Roux says it is the state's case that Ms Steenkamp suffered serious brain damage in the shooting. Our evidence will be that a person with that level of damage would have no response, he says.

    "When you talk about the screaming... it cannot be under our case. She could not have screamed."

     
  64.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    tweets: If yesterday belonged to Michelle Burger, I'd argue Roux has gained the upper hand today. #OscarPistorius

     
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    10:12:

    "Moment before the shots, I could hear her screams, I could hear her emotions," says Ms Burger. She again insists she heard a man cry for help despite Mr Roux' assertion that that did not happen.

     
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    10:15:

    Patrick Conroy, head of news at eNCA, the local TV network that carried an image of the current witness Ms Burger during its coverage of the trial, has appeared on his channel to defend the decision to show it. "We are not in violation of the court order. We did seek senior council and they agree - we are not in violation," Mr Conroy said. "We did not contravene the court law. We did not broadcast footage of Michelle Burger inside the court," he added. "We used a still picture from the University website, also carried in daily newspapers."

     
  67.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    Nel asking witness how she'd use a bat to hit a door. Curious…

     
  68.  
    10:14:

    Ms Burger says she visited a shooting range some years ago when asked about it by Mr Roux, as he continues to question her on her ability to recognise gunfire. "I don't enjoy guns," she adds.

     
  69.  
    10:17:

    Mr Roux has finished questioning Ms Burger as a witness. She is now being questioned by Prosecutor Nel again.

     
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    10:18:

    Prosecutor Nel asks Ms Burger what her emotions were like when she was making her statement to police. "It was quite raw, the emotion," says the witness, breaking into sobs, "It was awful to hear a shout before the shots."

     
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    10:19:

    Ms Burger adds that a year on from the incident she is "coping fine".

     
  72.  
    10:19:

    Michelle Burger says she did not see her husband's statement before she gave hers.

     
  73.  
    10:20:

    Prosecutor Nel's questioning of Ms Burger has just ended. The courtroom goes quiet.

     
  74.  
    10:21:

    The judge thanks Ms Burger and says she may step down from the witness box.

     
  75.  
    10:23:

    The next witness is called. It is Estelle Van Der Merwe, another neighbour of Mr Pistorius.

     
  76.  
    10:23:

    The judge rules that no pictures of this witness can be broadcast.

     
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    10:24:

    Estelle Van Der Merwe is asked whether she knew who Mr Pistorius was or has ever met him. She responds no to both.

     
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    10:25:

    While the previous witness dispensed with a translator and decided to answer her questions in English, the current witness is delivering her testimony in Afrikaans.

     
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    10:26:

    Ms Van Der Merwe says she went to bed at about 21:00 (19:00 GMT) and she woke up at about 1:56 (23:56 GMT). "It seemed like somebody was involved in a fight," she says. "People were talking in loud voices." She adds it lasted about an hour but she couldn't hear what they were saying.

     
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    10:28:

    "Please relax," Prosecutor Nel implores the witness, saying "she is terribly tense", to the judge, who asks the witness to "please take your time".

     
  81.  
    10:28:

    The witness says she was irritated by the noise. "[I] placed a pillow on my head in hope of falling asleep again," she adds.

     
  82.  
    10:29:

    The witness tells the court she heard four sounds but that she did not know how to describe them. "It sounded like 'bang, bang'... that's the best I can do," she says.

     
  83.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    tweets: Bangs were "one after the other." Followed by "total silence." Husband then told her they were gunshots, says witness.

     
  84.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    tweets: "I then heard a commotion." (deep breaths from nervous witness) "Then heard someone crying out." Witness #OscarPistorius

     
  85.  
    10:39:

    Ms Van Der Merwe is shown an aerial photograph of the area and is asked to identify which house is hers.

     
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    10:40:

    The house is across the street and one house to the right of Mr Pistorius' property, the court hears.

     
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    10:42:

    Watch highlights of the questioning of previous witness Michelle Burger here.

    Mr Roux, questioning Michelle Burger
     
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    10:42:
    Carl Pistorius and his uncle Arnold Pistorius speak during a break in proceedings as they attend the second day of the trial

    Carl Pistorius and his uncle Arnold speak during a break in proceedings in the second day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial.

     
  89.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    tweets: More photos showing distance from balcony to #OscarPistorius house. Am squinting to see it - 85 metres?

     
  90.  
    Andrew Harding Africa correspondent

    tweets: Witness says she "heard male voices - sounded like they were involved in a fight. I saw lights at Oscar's house."

     
  91.  
    10:52:

    The trial has been adjourned for a lunch break.

     
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    10:56:

    Chief investigating officer Lieutenant General Vineshkumar Moonoo seen in the courtroom.

    Chief investigating officer Lieutenant General Vineshkumar Moonoo
     
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    10:58:

    Oscar Pistorius drinks water during court proceedings.

    Oscar Pistorius drinks water during court proceedings
     
  94.  
    11:00:

    While the court is adjourned for lunch, here's a quick reminder of this morning's events:

    • Michelle Burger, one of Oscar Pistorius's neighbours, told the court she heard screams and a man cry for help, followed by "four gunshots" on the night of Reeva Steenkamp's death
    • The court was briefly adjourned over concerns Ms Burger's picture was shown on a local television network during its coverage of the trial
    • Judge Thokozile Masipa warned that no photographs of witnesses from any sources should be used by the media
    • A second witness has just started giving evidence
    • Estelle Van Der Merwe, another neighbour, said she heard four sounds but that she did not know how to describe them. "It sounded like 'bang, bang'... that's the best I can do."
     
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    11:17:

    You can watch a timeline of the case here.

     
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    11:19:

    Here are five facts about Oscar Pistorius:

    • He had his lower legs amputated at the age of 11 months, having been born without a fibula in either leg
    • His parents were advised that having the amputation done before he had learned to walk would be less traumatic
    • In June 2003, he shattered his knee playing rugby and on the advice of doctors took up track running to aid his rehabilitation
    • He made history in London 2012 by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics after winning long legal battle
    • He has won six Paralympic gold medals, including three at the Beijing Games
     
  97.  
    11:20:

    Mr Pistorius has continued with his training, despite the charges.

    Mr Pistorius training after the death of his girlfriend
     
  98.  
    11:20:

    During the trial, the court will hear profoundly differing accounts of how Ms Steenkamp died.

    A computer generated graphic of the crime scene
     
  99.  
    11:23:

    Oscar Pistorius case: The key questions.

    Oscar Pistorius in court on a previous occasion
     
  100.  
    11:24:

    Barry Roux has a reputation as a determined, and successful, defence council.

    Defence lawyer Barry Roux
     
  101.  
    11:27:

    On the other team, Gerrie Nel - considered South Africa's top state prosecutor - is also known as a tough courtroom fighter. He is nicknamed "the bulldog" for his tenacity.

    Gerrie Nel
     
  102.  
    Pumza Fihlani BBC News, Pretoria

    filed this from outside court this morning:

    There is much heavier rain here as the second day of the trial gets under way in the capital, so there are not so many people crowded at the entrance to the court, although the media are still here in force. There is massive interest in the case. It is possibly the most publicised case since Jacob Zuma was cleared of rape in 2006, three years before he became president. And it does not take much for matters to become political here. Outside court on Monday, members of the local African National Congress Women's League, sang struggle songs, telling me: "We are here for Reeva; she was killed and we want answers."

     
  103.  
    11:56:

    The trial has just resumed. We'll bring you all the latest lines as we get them.

     
  104.  
    11:59:

    Defence lawyer Barry Roux is now cross-examining Estelle Van Der Merwe, one of Oscar Pistorius's neighbours, who earlier described what she heard on the night of Reeva Steenkamp's death.

     
  105.  
    12:01:

    Mr Roux is reading her police statement to the court.

    Barry Roux
     
  106.  
    12:10:

    Mr Roux returns to the subject of what Ms Van Der Merwe heard on the night of 14 February 2013. The witness earlier said she heard an argument and later "four sounds... that sounded like 'bang, bang'" but Mr Roux tells the court she is mistaken. That she did not hear any argument, only a woman's voice.

     
  107.  
    12:14:

    In an opinion piece by Mail & Guardian online news editor Adrian Ephraim entitled "Oscar and the Oscars: Our vilest obsessions", Mr Ephraim writes: "The Pistorius trial is... awakening the sleeping giants in newsrooms and legal circles across the country. We are finally talking about access to justice, transparency and equality before the law... Calling it the 'trial of the century' and creating flashy stings and intros is news porn. It's excessive, but view this in the light of falling newspaper circulation, declining advertising spend and consumers' dwindling reliance on media outlets to tell them what's news, and you will begin to understand why when Pistorius shot Steenkamp it was manna from the heavens [for media organisations]."

     
  108.  
    12:13:

    The witness says she can't recall every detail of the incident clearly. "I was terribly frightened," she adds, and then goes on to describe how she saw an ambulance outside Mr Pistorius's house.

     
  109.  
    12:20:

    Mr Roux has concluded his cross-examination. Prosecutor Nel begins his questioning.

     
  110.  
    12:22:

    Prosecutor Nel is now asking about her remarks in her police statement that she was paralysed with fear. She says: "I just didn't know what was happening."

     
  111.  
    12:23:

    Prosecutor Nel says he has no further questions.

     
  112.  
    12:24:

    The next witness, Charl Peter Johnson, is called. The judge says no photographs of him may be publicised in any form.

     
  113.  
    12:25:

    Mr Johnson is Michelle Burger's husband.

     
  114.  
    12:27:

    Mr Johnson says he would prefer to testify in English. He is repeatedly asked to speak more loudly by the judge.

     
  115.  
    Kate Forbes

    tweets: The key question at #OscarPistorius trial right now: can his defence convince that it was only him [Mr Pistorius] screaming, not Reeva

     
  116.  
    12:29:

    The witness says he was woken by screams on the night of Ms Steenkamp's death. "When I heard the lady scream again I jumped out of bed and ran to the balcony which is on the first floor," he says.

     
  117.  
    12:32:

    Mr Pistorius and Mr Johnson know each other and have chatted a few times, the court hears. The witness points out his house in an aerial shot.

     
  118.  
    12:34:

    Over 100,000 people have signed a petition against an "offensive" advert by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, offering to refund bets made on a guilty verdict in the Oscar Pistorius trial if he walks free. The ad shows an Oscar statuette with the face of Oscar Pistorius on it and the words "It's Oscar Time. Money Back If He Walks. We will refund all losing bets on the Oscar Pistorius trial if he is found not guilty." No stranger to publicity stunts, Paddy Power timed the ad to coincide with Sunday's Academy Awards and the start of Mr Pistorius' murder trial. Campaigners against domestic violence have condemned the ad, which appeared in the Irish and British press.

     
  119.  
    12:34:

    Mr Johnson tells the court what he heard: "I could hear she was in trouble, it was clearly distress calls." He says he stood on the balcony listening for what felt like a few minutes. He added he also heard a lady scream for help, followed by a male voice shouting more than once, and possibly three times - "Help, help, help".

     
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    12:36:
  121.  
    Pumza Fihlani BBC News, Pretoria

    tweets: Johnson phoned security to tell them "people were being attacked in the Silverwoods estate". It was the wrong number. #Pistorius

    Last scream faded after last gunshot - Johnson #pistorius

    Small pause after first shot, remaining shots were in close succession - Jonhson #Pistorius

     
  122.  
    12:43:

    The judge again asks the witness to speak up. "You are getting softer and softer", she says.

     
  123.  
    12:46:

    Mr Johnson says the shots he heard prompted him to look into tighter security measures for his home. He says he was, at the time, convinced it was a housebreak.

     
  124.  
    12:49:

    Mr Johnson says he was told by a friend the next day that Mr Pistorius had shot his girlfriend. "I was surprised... It was difficult to relate this to what I had heard."

     
  125.  
    12:50: Kate Forbes

    tweets a behind-the-scenes shot of BBC crew members at the court.

    BBC crew
     
  126.  
    Pumza Fihlani BBC News, Pretoria

    tweets: [Johnson] told colleagues what he'd heard the night before. At this point he didn't know that Reeva had died or that Oscar shot him.#Pistorius

    Says he was surprised when he heard that #Pistorius was involved in the "incident" on the morn of 14 Feb.

     
  127.  
    Milton Nkosi BBC News, Johannesburg

    tweets: Charl Peter Johnson - We were surprised to hear that it was a domestic violence incident because were convinced that it was a house robbery.

     
  128.  
    12:55:

    The witness says he felt "morally obliged" to speak to police about his version of events after it was reported that just one person was heard screaming. "We didn't want to get involved - we wanted to remain out of the public knowing what the interest would be worldwide in this case," he adds.

     
  129.  
    12:58:

    Mr Johnson tells the court he was not present while his wife made her police statement, nor was she present when he made his. They gave their statements to two police officers about a week after the incident.

     
  130.  
    12:58:

    Today NBC have an interview with Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June Steenkamp. "It's important to forgive him... I don't want to live with bitterness in my life," she says.

     
  131.  
    12:59:

    The court session has finished for the day.

     
  132.  
    13:03:

    The trial will resume at 9:30 local time (7:30 GMT) on Wednesday.

     
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    13:04:

    The early end to the day came after Prosecutor Nel requested an adjournment. "We've had a full day," he told the court, and the judge agreed.

     
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    Oscar Pistorius, centre, talks with his defence lawyers Barry Roux, left, and Kenny Oldwadge, right, during his second day in court.

    Oscar Pistorius, centre, talks with his defence lawyers Barry Roux, left, and Kenny Oldwadge, right
     
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    Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius

    For a full round-up of today's events, read our main BBC News website story.

     
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    That's all for our live coverage today - thank you for joining us. We will continue to cover the trial as it unfolds so make sure you visit the BBC News Website for all the latest.

     

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