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Pistorius guard defends testimony

Oscar Pistorius

A security guard at the home of Oscar Pistorius has defended his own account of phone calls made in the minutes after the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp.

Pieter Baba said he had phoned Mr Pistorius and not the other way round, as the defence team had suggested.

Earlier, a former girlfriend of the Olympic and Paralympic athlete told how he had once fired a gun from his car after becoming angry with police.

The double amputee denies intentionally killing Ms Steenkamp.

He says he mistook the 29-year-old model and aspiring lawyer for an intruder.

On Friday Mr Baba, a security guard working at Mr Pistorius’ gated community, spoke of his shock at seeing Mr Pistorius carrying a dying Ms Steenkamp down the stairs at the athlete’s villa.

Mr Baba said he had called Mr Pistorius in response to neighbours’ reports of gunfire from the house in the early hours of the morning.

The guard said Mr Pistorius had told him: “Everything is fine,” before calling him back a few minutes later and crying down the phone.

On Monday Mr Pistorius’ defence lawyer suggested the athlete had called Mr Baba first and not the other way round, but the witness stuck to his testimony.

Mr Pistorius’ lawyer, Barry Roux, then suggested his client had said: “I am fine,” and not: “Everything is fine,” but again the witness said this was not true.

“My Lady, what I just told the court is the truth” Mr Baba told Judge Thokozile Masipa.

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