Oscar Pistorius provides court with affidavit recounting his recollection of Reeva Steenkamp shooting
Oscar Pistorius has provided his version of events for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius had an affidavit read to the court, by the head of his defence team, Barry Roux, earlier today during a bail hearing.
The Paralympic gold medallist has claimed that a tragic accident, combined with his own paranoia in relation to the dangers of intruders in his home, led to the death of Steenkamp. He told the court that he had no intention to cause her harm.
Pistorius claims he left bed in the early hours of the morning, without his prosthetic legs, to take a fan in from the balcony of his home. He told the court that as he returned from the balcony he heard noise in the bathroom. Pistorius took a 9mm handgun from beneath his bed and went to investigate the noise. Upon investigating the noise he found a locked bathroom door. Pistorius told the court he believed Steenkamp was still in bed at this point.
The 26 year old told the court he was feeling vulnerable without his prosthetic legs and opened fire on the locked door as a pre-emptive defence against, what he thought was, the intruder in his home.
“I believed that when the intruder/s came out of the toilet, we would be in grave danger. I felt trapped as my bedroom door was locked and I have limited mobility on my stumps.
“I fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to call the police. She did not respond and I moved backwards out of the bathroom, keeping my eyes on the bathroom entrance,” he said.
Pistorius went on to explain that he broke down the bathroom door with a cricket bat before carrying the dying Steenkamp downstairs, where she passed away before paramedics could arrive.
The bail hearing has been suspended until tomorrow. The prosecution are pushing for a conviction for premeditated murder, a crime which carries a potential life sentence.
Steenkamp was laid to rest this morning at a private ceremony in her home town of Port Elizabeth.
By about 2200 on Feb. 13 we were in our bedroom. She was doing yoga exercises and I was in bed watching television. My prosthetic legs were off. We were deeply in love and I could not be happier.
I have received death threats before. I have also been a victim of violence and burglaries before. For that reason I kept my firearm - a 9 mm Parabellum - underneath my bed when I went to bed at night.
During the early morning hours of 14 Feb. 2013 I woke up, went onto the balcony to bring the fan in and closed the sliding doors, the blinds and the curtains. I heard a noise in the bathroom and realised someone was in the bathroom.
I felt a sense of terror rushing over me. There were no burglar bars across the bathroom window and I knew contractors who worked at my house had left the ladders outside. Although I did not have my prosthetics legs on, I have mobility on my stumps.
I believed someone had entered my house. I was too scared to switch a light on. I grabbed my 9 mm pistol from underneath my bed.
On my way to the bathroom I screamed words to the effect for him/them to get out of my house and for Reeva to phone the police. It was pitch dark in the bedroom and I thought Reeva was in bed.
I noticed that the bathroom window was open. I realised that the intruder/s was/were in the toilet because the toilet door was closed and I did not see anyone in the bathroom. I heard movement inside the toilet. The toilet is inside the bathroom and has a separate door.
It filled me with horror and fear of an intruder or intruders being inside the toilet. I thought he or they must have entered through the unprotected window.
As I did not have my prosthetic legs on and felt extremely vulnerable, I knew I had to protect Reeva and myself.
I believed that when the intruder/s came out of the toilet, we would be in grave danger. I felt trapped as my bedroom door was locked and I have limited mobility on my stumps.
I fired shots at the toilet door and shouted to Reeva to call the police. She did not respond and I moved backwards out of the bathroom, keeping my eyes on the bathroom entrance.
Everything was pitch dark in the bedroom and I was still too scared to switch on the light. Reeva was not responding.
When I reached the bed, I realized that Reeva was not in the bed. That is when it dawned on me that it could have been Reeva who was in the toilet.
I returned to the bathroom calling her name. I tried to open the toilet door but it was locked. I rushed back into the bedroom and opened the sliding door exiting on to the balcony and screamed for help.
I put on my prosthetic legs, ran back to the bathroom and tried to kick the toilet door open. I think I must have then turned on the light. I went back into the bedroom and grabbed my cricket bat to bash open the toilet door. A panel or panels broke off and I found the key on the floor and unlocked and opened the door. Reeva was slumped over but alive.
I battled to get her out of the toilet and pulled her into the bathroom. I phoned Johan Stander, who was involved in the administration of the estate and asked him to phone the ambulance. I phoned Netcare and asked for help. I went downstairs to open the front door.
I returned to the bathroom and picked Reeva up as I had been told not to wait for the paramedics, but to take her to the hospital. I carried her downstairs in order to take her to the hospital. On my way down, Stander arrived. A doctor who lives in the complex also arrived. Downstairs, I tried to render the assistance to Reeva that I could, but she died in my arms.
I am absolutely mortified by the events and the devastating loss of my beloved Reeva.
With the benefit of hindsight, I believe that Reeva went to the toilet when I went out on the balcony to bring the fan in. I cannot bear to think of the suffering that I have caused her and her family, knowing how much she was loved.
I also know that the events of that tragic night were as I had described them and that in due course I have no doubt the police and the expert investigators will bear this out.