#AceWorldNews says – Day Four – PRETORIA, South Africa — In the minutes after he fatally shot his girlfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius wept, prayed and begged that she would survive, according to testimony in his murder trial Thursday by a Pretoria radiologist who was one of the first people on the scene.
Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, wept in Pretoria’s High Court as the radiologist, Dr. Johan Stipp, offered a graphic medical account of her fatal injuries and described the athlete’s distress at the time. During the testimony, Pistorius was hunched over on the court bench and at one point covered his ears, appearing to try to block out Stipp’s words.
The shooting happened in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. It is not contested that Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the door of the toilet in their residence, which was located off the bathroom. Pistorius has said he thought she was a burglar; prosecutors say he intended to kill her.
Stipp said that when he entered the Pistorius house, Steenkamp was lying on her back on the floor at the bottom of the stairs. Pistorius was kneeling by her side, trying to open her mouth, using his fingers, the doctor said.
At the time, Stipp said, he was not aware the man on the scene was Pistorius, the South African athlete famous for competing in the 2012 Olympics as a double amputee.
“I went near her and as I bent down, I noticed a man on his knees,” Stipp told the court.
“I remember the first thing he said: ‘I shot her. I thought she was a burglar. I shot her.’”
Stipp said he tried to save Steenkamp but that she had no pulse and was not breathing. It appeared that her injuries were fatal, he said.
It was obvious that Mr. Pistorius was very, very upset,” Stipp said.
He was “crying all the time, ‘Please let her live, she must not die.’ He said he would dedicate his life and her life to God if she could live and not die,” Stipp told the court.
“I saw I could not do anything for her,” he said, adding that he then went out the front door, found that no one had called an ambulance and phoned for one.
Stipp, who was a neighbor of Pistorius and Steenkamp, testified that earlier that night he was sleeping with his door open and was awakened by three loud bangs that sounded like gunshots.
He said he then heard what sounded like a woman screaming three or four times, and then a man call for help.
Later, he said, he heard more bangs………………. Trial continues ……….. ?
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