The trial of South African Olympian, Oscar Pistorius entered its third day on Wednesday hogging away limelight from politics ahead of elections due in two months.
Pistorius pleaded not guilty to murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year, claiming he had mistakenly shot her thinking she was a burglar.
I don’t know for what reason, but a gun was passed under the table
The court heard that the track star had asked a friend to take the blame for a shooting incident at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.
“Please Darren, just say it was you, I don’t want any tension around me,” State witness Kevin Lerena recalled Pistorius as saying at the time.
Darren Fresco initially took the blame when the gun accidentally went off, after he passed the firearm to Pistorius.
“I don’t know for what reason, but a gun was passed under the table,” Lerena told the court.
The court case started on Monday with the first witness telling the court she heard blood curling screams from a woman.
Charl Johnson, another witness who lives 177 metres away from Pistorius’s home, said after two hours of hearing the screams and shots, he began taking measurements around his home in preparation for a security upgrade.
He said while they did not have the details of what had happened, they had thought that a robbery had occurred at Pistorius’s home and that he had perhaps been shot.
The State will try to prove that Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he shot his girlfriend through a toilet door in his Pretoria home.
He is also facing charges for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and recklessly discharging a firearm in public.
The case continues on Thursday morning.