for Oscar Pistorius, Barry Roux gestures during cross
questioning in court during Pistorius' trial at the high
court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, March 7, 2014.
Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of
his girlfriend, Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013.
Africa — A former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius testified Friday
at the double-amputee runner's murder trial that he always carried
a firearm, sometimes shouted angrily at her and her friends, once
shot his gun out the sunroof of a car, and that their relationship
ended when he cheated on her with Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he
fatally shot last year.
also described some of Pistorius' habits while they were dating,
including what side of the bed he always slept on at home and
where he kept his gun during the night. Taylor's observations of
what Pistorius did when they were together show different habits
from what the Olympic athlete says he did on a later night when he
Pistorius, 27, is
charged with premeditated murder for killing Steenkamp, a
29-year-old model. Prosecutors said he did it during an argument
but he insists it was a mistake, and that he shot four times
through a locked toilet door believing an intruder was behind it.
Friday by Taylor paints the picture of a man who had a temper and
was fond of guns.
a gun with him "all the time" when they were dating, and
on one occasion he fired it out of a car's sunroof soon after a
policeman stopped the car they were in for speeding, Taylor said.
started dating Pistorius in 2011 after meeting him the previous
year, described another incident in which she and Pistorius were
followed by a car as he drove home.
arrived at his estate, he jumped out of the car with his gun and
held it to someone's window and then they drove away," Taylor
adjourned briefly after Taylor broke down in tears while
describing how Pistorius cheated on her with another woman, before
he began his relationship with Steenkamp. It adjourned again when
she wept while describing problems in her relationship with
Pistorius, the first amputee to run in the Olympics.
said: "He cheated on me with Reeva Steenkamp."
Barry Roux said he would produce emails between Taylor and
Pistorius to show that was untrue, and he also sought to highlight
apparent gaps in Taylor's memory of the shooting incident on a
road in September 2012.
Darren Fresco, a
friend of Pistorius, was driving the car that was stopped by
police who then asked the two men to get out of the car, said
Taylor, who was in the car at the time. The police officer then
saw Pistorius' gun on the seat of the car, she said.
"He said to
Oscar that the gun could not just be left on the seat there,"
Taylor said, adding that bullets fell out of the gun "and
then Oscar got very angry and eventually they gathered the
Pistorius shouted at the officer and later, after leaving the
scene, he fired the gun out of the sunroof, she said. He and
Fresco were laughing at the time, according to Taylor. Roux said
Pistorius had denied the incident.
Pistorius says he
killed Steenkamp in his home in the early hours of Valentine's Day
2013 by mistake, thinking she was an intruder. Prosecutors say he
intentionally killed her after an argument.
Gerrie Nel asked permission from the judge to uncover possible new
evidence at the end of the former girlfriend's testimony, Taylor
described previous incidents when Pistorius thought there was an
intruder trying to get into his home, and he reacted by waking her
up, she said.
one occasion when something hit the bathroom window and Oscar woke
me up and asked me if I heard it," Taylor said. "He got
up with his gun."
But he woke you
up, Nel asked.
was probably one or two occasions when he woke me up to ask me if
I heard something," Taylor replied.
Pistorius did not
attempt to wake or locate Steenkamp before he shot the 29-year-old
model by mistake, according to his own version of events.
Pistorius always kept his gun on a table by the bed at home, and
always slept on the right side of the bed. Pistorius says his 9 mm
pistol was under the bed on the night he shot Steenkamp and he
says he was sleeping on the other side of the bed because of a
contended that other witnesses who testified to hearing a woman's
screams on the night of the killing were mistaken, and that they
were actually hearing the high-pitched woman-like screams of
Pistorius, mainly after realizing he had shot Steenkamp. The
athlete has pleaded not guilty to murder and several firearms
said she had heard Pistorius shouting at her and other people and
that he did not sound like a woman.
like a man," she said.