Oscar Pistorius asked if 'f...... mad' after shooting drama

A FRIEND of Oscar Pistorius asked him if he "was f***ing mad" after the athlete fired a shot out of the sunroof of a car following an altercation with traffic police, his murder trial has heard.

Darren Fresco, who was identified by two witnesses as being with the athlete on two occasions when a gun was fired in public, told the court the athlete was "furious" after a police officer "touched his gun" when he was stopped for speeding in 2012.

"Then without prior warning, he shot out of the sunroof," he told Pretoria's High Court. "Apologies for my language, my Lady. But I asked him if he was f***ing mad."

Pistorius allegedly told the police officer he couldn't "touch another man's gun", which was on the back seat of the car.

"Now your fingerprints are all over my gun. So if something happens, you're going to be liable for anything that happens," Mr Pistorius said, according to Mr Fresco.

He said the incident left him "a constant ringing" in his left ear and felt "like it was bleeding".

During cross-examination, defence counsel Barry Roux questioned his version of events arguing Samantha Taylor, Pistorius' former girlfriend, who was also in the car that day, told the court both Mr Fresco and Pistorius said they wanted to "shoot a robot" and laughed.

Mr Fresco said he could not remember saying that.

"That's an interesting answer. Not that you remember. Does that mean you're happy that your version is the truth?

"In which case your answer should be - that did not happen. I did not say I wanted to shoot a robot," Mr Roux said.

Mr Fresco appeared to be irritated by the grilling and ultimately admitted he had been following the proceedings on Twitter.

Earlier, Mr Fresco told the court Pistorius asked him to take the blame after his gun, a Glock 27 .40 calibre pistol, went off under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in a separate incident in early 2013.

Mr Fresco said he told the sprinter he was "one up"- meaning there was a bullet loaded into the chamber of the gun - before passing him the gun.

He said he knew of Pistorius' "big love' for guns and assumed he "had competency with it".

Pistorius allegedly asked him to take the blame for it because there was too much media attention around him. Being a friend, Mr Fresco said he agreed to do it "with pleasure".

"Instantly he passed the weapon back to me, under the table, and he said 'Please, there's too much media hype around me at the moment, please can you take the rap?' " Pistorius said, according to Mr Fresco.

The incident forms the basis of one of three separate firearms charges which Pistorius is facing in his trial, in addition to the main charge of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

More on this at The Independent


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