Responding to the defence’s claims that the screaming voice was that of Oscar Pistorius, witness and neighbour Anette Stipp said that the screaming voice was “definitely female”, that she had heard two voices and that “there were differences in the pitches of the two voices.”
As the Oscar Pistorius trial entered its fourth week, another of his neighbours, Anette Stipp, took the witness stand with evidence that directly contradicts the defence’s claims.
Questioned by prosecutor Gerrie Nel, Stipp said she awoke early on the morning of 14 February 2013 due to a coughing fit and then heard three gun shots followed by â€œterrified, terrified screaming … It sound(ed) to me as if there (had been) a family murder, why else would she scream like that.” Responding to the defence’s claims that the screaming voice was that of Pistorius, Mrs Stipp said that the screaming voice was â€œdefinitely female”, that she had heard two voices and that â€œthere were differences in the pitches of the two voices.” She also said that the lights were on when the first three shots were fired, contradicting Pistorius’ claim that part of the reason he felt vulnerable was because the apartment was pitch black.
The next morning Stipp met friends for breakfast and while discussing how they had celebrated Valentine’s Day with their partners, said, â€œWe had a very crappy start to ours because our neighbour killed his girlfriend,” she revealed to the court. It was only later that day that she discovered Pistorius’ involvement in the incident.
Stipp, the wife of previous witness Dr Johan Stipp, said she heard a total of about six shots, after which she heard screaming. “I could still hear the screaming up until the second set of shots,” she said. “After the second set of shots it just became quiet.” She also said that there was up to a fifteen minute gap between the two rallies of three shots.
However, junior barrister for the defence, Kenny Oldwage who for an unknown reason questioned Stipp instead of Barry Roux – cast doubt on the veracity of her testimony by showing that Stipp signed an affidavit which was factually incorrect because it contained the claim that she saw a person walking in Pistorius’ home, whereas on Monday she testified that â€œthat was not (her) observation … I think the night that we took down the affidavit that was what I could recall … I have thought every second through of that night and I know I did not see the man myself,” she says. The Stipps’ house is no more than 35 metres from Pistorius’ house in which the shooting took place.
In an unexplained twist, Aislin Laing (@Simmoa) tweeted this morning that â€œa man came into court with an envelope which he asked Pistorius’ cousin to hand straight to OP. Security insisted on scanning it first.”
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