Oscar's neighbours were credible witnesses, court hears

Pretoria - Two couples who testified in murder accused Oscar Pistorius's trial were credible witnesses, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

One of the couples lived in the same complex where Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

The other lived in a complex opposite that of Pistorius.

"What is in it for [them] to lie," prosecutor Gerrie Nel said in his closing arguments.

"There is no reason for them to lie."

Nel submitted that while the defence had argued that the witnesses had had an opportunity to all be together in the court's waiting room and possibly discuss matters related to the case, they made their statements separately and those all corresponded.

"They were good witnesses," said Nel.

Pistorius was charged with murder after he shot Steenkamp through the locked door of his toilet at his Pretoria home.

Pistorius has denied guilt, saying he thought the person in the toilet cubicle was an intruder about to open the door and attack him.

The State contends he shot her during an argument.

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act, one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

He has pleaded not guilty to these charges.

Tomorrowss Dreamss 2014-08-07 03:39:47 PM
I'm glad that I'm not the judge who has to decide on the accused's fate.
Werner Pagels 2014-08-07 04:37:49 PM
They made their statements separately.... OK, then how can 2 witnesses both state that x "called security at 03h16 and the call lasted 56 seconds". Information was exchanged and witnesses were led as to what to state. Adv Nel has one aim and that is to get a conviction at all costs, irrespective of doubt or no doubt. Adv Roux is NOT the brightest spark to have overlooked this vital flaw which surfaced during the first 3 days. He could have pulled the plug there and then. But then again, 40 days x R50,000.00/day is way more lucrative. This entire case is a circus. The state should have charged the man with murder and/or a lesser charge and gotten a verdict. Premeditated murder is the wrong charge and might just be OP's "get out of jail" card! Roux and Nel made this a personal battle and justice is the looser.