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Pistorius - Accidentally

Pistorius Accidentally




Gerrie Nel

Do you remember firing four shots?

Pistorius

Yes, I remember firings shots.   I was told later I fired four shots.  I don’t remember.  I know it was in quick succession.

Nel. 

You remember pulling the trigger in quick succession.  How do you remember that?

Pistorius 

 I don’t understand.

Nel. 

You said in your evidence “before I knew it I had fired four shots at the door”  is that a reconstruction?

Pistorius

It’s taking the facts into consideration.  I did fire them. Do I remember firing four shots?  No I don’t.  I remember firing in quick succession.

Nel

Do you remember firing at the door?

Pistorius

I don’t remember firing at the door.  I remember pulling the trigger and the rounds going into the door.

Nel.

How do you remember them going into the door?   Did you hear them going into the door?  Did you see them?

Pistorius

Its my remembrance , I fired at the door.

Nel. 


Did you fire deliberately?

Pistorius 

No My Lady.

Nel  

Are you still with 'accidentally?'

Pistorius

I’m still with the fact that I fired the gun out of fear that at the time I interpreted it as someone coming out of the bathroom. I'm not trying to argue.  I'm saying that I didn’t meant to pull the trigger so in that sense it was an accident My Lady?a

Nel.


I just want us not to again get this confused 'I never meant to pull the trigger'

Pistorius

That’s correct  my lady.

Nel

So you never wanted to shoot at intruders coming out of the bathroom?

Pistorius:

I didn’t have time to think about it my lady whether I did or I didn’t want to.   I wouldn’t  have wanted to take... or shoot at someone.

Nel

No, answer the question.   You never deliberately pulled the trigger so you never wanted to shoot at robb... intruders coming out of the toilet?


Pistorius

That’s correct My Lady.

Nel

So whatever happened in that bathroom, noises, what happened that whole night never caused you to pull the trigger, it went off accidentally?

Pistorius:

That’s the opposite of what I’m saying

Nel

No, it’s not.  No it's not. 

Pistorius

What I said was that the noise coming from the bathroom, from the toilet, made me pull the trigger, so that is not what Mr Nel is putting to me My Lady.

Nel.

But you can’t remember pulling the trigger can you?

Pistorius

I can remember pulling the trigger My Lady.

Nel. 

But you didn’t aim at it?

Pistorius

The firearm was aimed at the door at that time My Lady

Nel..

Did you want to shoot at people coming out of the door or not?

Pistorius

I didn’t have time to think about if I wanted to or I didn’t want to My Lady.   I heard a noise coming from inside the toilet and I discharged the firearm.

Nel. 

Now lets… so, you never wanted to shoot the intruders coming out of the door?


Pistorius

That’s correct My Lady.

Nel

But we know there weren’t intruders in there? 

Pistorius

That's correct My Lady


Nel

We know Reeva was in there?


Pistorius

That's  correct My Lady.

Nel 

So there was no reason for you to shoot, objectively seen, after the fact, as we stand here today, there was no reason for you to shoot?

Pistorius

That’s correct My Lady.

Nel

If you waited a second to see if the door would open you would not have fired?

Pistorius

That’s a possibility My Lady.

Nel


She was in there we know it now.  If you waited you would not have fired. Am I right?

Pistorius

I’m not sure about a second My Lady. If she had come out or if she’d spoken to me. Or then I wouldn’t have fired.

Nel 

We know for a fact that there was no intruder in your house that night.

Pistorius

That’s correct My Lady

Nel

We know for a fact that there was no ladder against the wall.

Pistorius

That’s correct.

Nel:

We know for a fact that it was Reeva in there in the toilet

Pistorius

That’s  correct.

We know for a fact she wasn’t (asleep ?)

Pistorius

That’s correct

Nel

We know for a fact that you had no reason to shoot,  objectively seen?

Pistorius

That’s correct

Nel

Now it’s not your version that you aimed at the door because you thought the robbers were coming out and you had to protect yourself?

Pistorius

That is my version my lady I said that I thought the robbers, the intruders were either in the toilet or that they were on the ladder.  My firearm I said was pointed at the toilet my eyes were going between the window and the toilet door.

Nel 

But why did you fire?

Pistorius

Because I heard a noise coming from inside toilet that I interpreted at that split moment as someone coming out to attack me My Lady.

Nel.

Luckily it’s all on record sir. And when you heard that, you just started shooting or accidently your finger just pulled the trigger?

Pistorius

I started shooting at that point my lady

Nel  -

At the intruders?

Pistorius

At the door, My Lady.

Nel

But in your mind, at the intruders?

Pistorius

That’s what I perceived an intruder coming out to attack me My Lady.

Nel

So it wasn’t accidentally?

(pistorius sounds rattled now then a bit emotional his voice breaking slightly)

Pistorius

My Lady I’m getting confused with this 'accidentally and not accidentally.'  When I try to explain myself I’m told to say it’s either an accident or not…I’ve told... I’ve said, time and time again what I perceived and what I thought, I don’t understand if its now.. it was put to me yesterday it was an accident and now its put to me it wasn’t by accident.  My lady I’m saying that I didn’t intend to shoot I was point...my firearm was pointed at the door because that’s where I believed that somebody was, when heard a noise.   I didn’t have time to think, and I fired my weapon.  It was an accident.

END



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10th April 2014

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