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Pistorius: Shots fired at Reeva 'by accident'

In emotional testimony to the court, Oscar Pistorius has said the gunshots that killed Reeva Steenkamp were fired by "accident".

His voice cracking, he said he shot four bullets at the door but "didn't intend to shoot".

The court does not allow images of the witness dock to be broadcast.

Read: Pistorius 'carried his firearm wherever he was'

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Oscar Pistorius: 'I never fired gun out of sunroof'

Oscar Pistorius has again denied firing a gun out of a sunroof, saying the claim against him is "fabricated".

The Paralympian is facing two firearm charges unrelated to the alleged murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

One of those relates to a claim that Pistorius fired a gun out of his car sunroof, a claim that friend Darren Fresco and ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor.

Mr Pistorius denies it ever happened and says "I don't remember anyone being with me" at the time of the alleged incident.

Read: Pistorius 'carried his firearm wherever he was'

Pistorius: I carried my firearm wherever I was

A poster of Oscar Pistorious outside the Court in Pretoria South Africa.
A poster of Oscar Pistorious outside the Court in Pretoria South Africa. Credit: Safodien Mujahid/ABACA

Oscar Pistorius has told court he took a loaded gun to a "get-together" on a boat with friends, but didn't see his behaviour as "negligent".

"Why would you take your firearm to a get-together?" asked prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel.

Pistorius replied: "I carried my firearm wherever I was, my lady.

"The only alternative choice would be to leave it in the car. At a point when I was on the boat I put it in my towel [on the boat]. I didn't want to leave it at the house where there was nobody there."

He said he then jumped into the water, leaving the towel on the boat.

Asked about the decision to do so, Pistorius said: "I was next to the boat in the water, I didn't see it as being negligent."

Read: Pistorius denies 'screaming' at ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor

Pistorius wanted to keep firearm incident from media

Oscar Pistorius has admitted he did not want his alleged firing of a gun in a restaurant last year to be "anywhere near the media".

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel raised a message he sent to Reeva Steenkamp following the incident which contained the plea: "Angel please don't say a thing to any one."

He said that he believed even if the 'truth' around the incident had been reported in the media, it would have been misinterpreted.

Read: Pistorius denies 'screaming' at former girlfriend Samantha Taylor

Pistorius denies firing weapon in restaurant

Oscar Pistorius is being questioned by Gerrie Nel.
Oscar Pistorius is being questioned by Gerrie Nel. Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius has denied responsibility for firing a gun in a restaurant a month in January 2013.

Discussing the incident at Tasha's restaurant where he was alleged to have fired a gun, Pistorius said: "I tried to make sure that the firearm was safe" when it was passed to him under a table by friend Darren Fresco.

He claims he then discovered that the gun still had a round in it when it 'inadvertently' went off.

Pistorius told the court he and Fresco had been "negligent" in passing the loaded firearm in a restaurant, but added: "My finger was not on the trigger."

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Pistorius denies 'screaming' at former girlfriend

Oscar Pistorius has denied ever screaming at his previous girlfriend Samantha Taylor.

In a statement, Ms Taylor claimed Pistorius screamed at her regularly, but the Paralympian said: "I don't ever remember screaming at her".

He added, however, that he had screamed at one of her friends one day.

"There were many things in Ms Taylor's evidence that were lies," Pistorius told the court.

Pistorius: I never got to tell Reeva I loved her

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been questioning Pistorius.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has been questioning Pistorius. Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius has told court his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp was "good" and in its "foundation stage" when he shot and killed her on Valentine's Day last year.

Asked why none of the WhatsApp message exchanged by the pair and seen by the court spoke of his love for her, Pistorius said: "I never got the opportunity to tell Reeva that I loved her."

Read: Pistorius cross-examination continues

Oscar Pistorius cross-examination to continue

The cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius will continue today after a dramatic day in court yesterday where the prosecutor asked the athlete to look at a grisly photograph of Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius. Credit: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/POOL

Watch: Video of Oscar Pistorius shooting guns shown to court

The day also started emotionally after Gerrie Nel, prosecuting, made the Paralympic and Olympic sprinter admit he had killed his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year.

The double amputee, who denies murder, faces life in prison if he is convicted of the murder of Ms Steenkamp.

Watch: Nel - 'You killed a person, that's what you did isn't it?'

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