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  • 12 March 2014, 7:50

Pistorius Trial: Friend's Evidence Resumes

A friend of Oscar Pistorius who says the athlete had "a big love for weapons" is set to continue giving evidence in his murder trial.

Darren Fresco told North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria that Pistorius, who denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, laughed after firing a gun through the sunroof of a car.

The shot was fired without warning and made him "flinch" and "duck down".

Pistorius - who usually arrives at court surrounded by his cousins - entered the court on Wednesday morning accompanied by just one middle-aged man.

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Mr Fresco recalled an occasion when Pistorius asked him to pass him his gun at a restaurant in Johannesburg on January 13 last year.

He warned the athlete there was a bullet in the chamber and thought he saw Pistorius remove it.

Mr Fresco said the gun went off under the table, followed by a "deafening hush" - and Pistorius instantly passed the weapon back to him and asked him to "take the rap" because there was too much media hype around him.

The pathologist who carried out a post-mortem examination on Ms Steenkamp finished giving his evidence on Tuesday.

Professor Gert Saayman talked about the injuries the model suffered when she was shot through a toilet cubicle door at the runner's home on Valentine's Day last year.

He said Ms Steenkamp was shot three times - in the head, hip and arm - and it was likely she screamed after being shot in the head.

The court also heard Ms Steenkamp's last meal was consumed no more than two hours before her death.

Pistorius claims he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder and denies all four of the charges against him - the premeditated murder of Ms Steenkamp, the illegal possession of ammunition and two further counts related to shooting a gun in public on two separate occasions before the killing.

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