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Oscar Pistorius Fired Gun Through Sunroof, Ex-Girlfriend Says

March 07, 2014

Paralympian Gold Medalist Oscar Pistorius

Paralympian gold medalist Oscar Pistorius sits at the Pretoria High Court on March 7, 2014, in Pretoria. Photographer: Theana Breugem/Foto24/Gallo Images via Getty Images

Paralympian gold medalist Oscar Pistorius fired a gun through the sunroof of a car after an incident with a police officer, a former girlfriend testified at his murder trial.

The athlete, on trial for the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines’s Day last year, was irritated when the policeman handled his gun after reprimanding him for leaving the weapon on the car seat, Samantha Taylor said today in the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. Pistorius was the passenger in a car that was stopped by the police for speeding, Taylor said. Barry Roux, the defense lawyer, said Pistorius denies he fired a gun through a car sunroof.

“After he fired the shot, he laughed about it,” she said.

Double-amputee Pistorius, 27, pleaded not guilty on March 3 in the court to planning to shoot Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Feb. 14, 2013. Known as the Blade Runner because of his J-shaped prosthetic running blades, he admitted to shooting Steenkamp three times while she was in his bathroom, believing she was an intruder.

The gun testimony relates to a separate charge of illegally discharging a firearm in public. Pistorius has been free on 1 million rand ($94,000) bail since February 2013.

Taylor couldn’t remember where the incident took place, according to her testimony.

Presiding Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa briefly adjourned proceedings after Taylor broke down on the stand when she testified that the relationship ended because Pistorius cheated on her with Steenkamp.

The charges have derailed the running career of the winner of six Paralympic gold medals. Pistorius was the first double amputee to compete at the Olympics Games in London in 2012.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Burkhardt in Johannesburg at pburkhardt@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gordon Bell at gbell16@bloomberg.net Gordon Bell, Karl Maier


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