Oscar Pistorius Trial: Neighbour Testifies That the Accused Was Praying For Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius had shot four times through a toilet cubicle door with his 9 mm pistol, hitting Reeva Steenkamp in the hip, arm and head. He claims he thought she was a dangerous intruder in the cubicle in his darkened bathroom.

updated: May 06, 2014 18:51 IST
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Pretoria: Using witness accounts of a panicked night-time phone call from Oscar Pistorius begging for help and his desperate pleas for Reeva Steenkamp to stay alive, the defence at his murder trial tried to reinforce its case Monday that the double-amputee Olympian fatally shot his girlfriend in a tragic error of judgement. (Oscar Pistorius 'Torn Apart' After Shooting Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp)

Johan Stander and his daughter Carice Viljoen, neighbours and friends of Pistorius, testified that they were at the runner's villa soon after the shooting on February 14, 2013 and that Pistorius was praying, trying to help Steenkamp breathe and urging her to live.

Viljoen testified that Pistorius was saying to Steenkamp as she lay on the floor with multiple gunshot wounds: "Stay with me, my love, stay with me."

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