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Pistorius: Neighbour says screams were heard

A neighbour of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius says she heard screaming followed by gunshots on the night he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Anette Stipp said she heard both a man and woman scream.

Pistorius denies intentionally shooting Steenkamp, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

The trial has now entered is fourth week, with the prosecution expected to wrap up its case before Friday.

Stipp, whose husband gave evidence earlier in the trial, said she heard the screams and gunshots at around 0300 local time on the day of the shooting.

She said she heard two groups of gunshots with a woman screaming in between.

Her testimony has closely matched that of other neighbours and witnesses, including her husband.

The defence has previously claimed that Oscar Pistorius screams like a woman and that neighbours had confused his screams with those of Steenkamp.

“It was a definitely a woman screaming,” said Stipp.

She also said that the light was on in the bathroom cubicle, where Steenkamp was when she was shot.

This contradicts evidence given by Pistorius, who said that it was “pitch dark” where the shooting took place.

The BBC’s Pumza Filani in the court in Pretoria says the witness remained resolute in the face of intense cross-examination.

On Sunday the trial was extended and will now run until the middle of May. It had been due to end this week.

The prosecution says it will call upon four more witnesses before closing its case.

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