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No proof Pistorius fired gun in restaurant

2013-02-18 13:00

Johannesburg - The manager of a Johannesburg restaurant where Oscar Pistorius apparently accidentally discharged a friend's firearm says he did not open a case following the incident.

Eyewitness News quoted Jason Loupis, the manager of the Melrose Arch restaurant, as saying he couldn't confirm whether the incident had occurred.

Beeld reported on Monday that Pistorius was at Tashas restaurant with a group of friends in early January and wanted to look at a friend's gun.

"I must emphasise that the gun belonged to one of Pistorius's friends - I'm not going to mention his name. Oscar just wanted to look at the gun, and it sort of snagged on his pants, releasing the safety catch," boxer Kevin Lerena told Beeld.

"A shot went off. I wouldn't call him negligent, it was just an accident. He apologised to me for days afterwards."

The bullet nearly hit Lerena's foot.

According to Beeld, the restaurant did not report the incident to the police, as Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp, who he is accused of killing, were regular customers.

Loupis said he heard a bang and thought a gun had gone off or a gas bottle had exploded.

"I went to investigate when I heard the shot, but they all denied it," said Loupis.

As a result, no case was opened.

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