PRETORIA: A weeping Oscar Pistorius shielded his ears as a witness in his murder trial on Thursday gave harrowing evidence about despe–rate attempts to save Reeva Steen–kamp’s life after she was shot.
Rocking back and forth in the dock, Pistorius put his hands over his ears as neighbor and radio–logist Johan Stipp recounted how he entered his house to find the distraught Paralympian bent over, attempting to resus–citate his girlfriend.
Stipp noticed a wound on Steen–kamp’s right thigh, right upper arm, and “blood and hair and what looked like brain tissue intermingled with that” on top of the skull.
Amid the scene of horror, Stipp said he quickly realized the 29-year-old model would not survive the injuries.
“She had no pulse in her neck, she had no peripheral pulse, she had no breathing movements that she made. She was clenching down on Oscar’s fingers as he was trying to open her airway.”
“I opened her right eyelid, the pupil was fixed, dilated and the cornea was milky, in other words it was already drying out, so to me it was obvious that she was mortally wounded.”
During the testimony, sobbing could be heard around the courtroom as Steenkamp’s family and friends sat disconsolately arm-in-arm.
Stipp continued: “While I was trying to ascertain if she’s revivable, Oscar was crying all the time, he prayed to God to please let her live, she must not die.”
“He said at one stage, while he was praying, that he will dedicate his life and her life to God if she would just only live and not die that night.”
“I couldn’t do anything for her, she was way too seriously injured for that.”
At one stage, seeing Pistorius leave Steenkamp’s body to go upstairs, Stipp also said he wanted to locate the weapon, fearing the sprinter may have been a danger to himself.
“Oscar was emotionally very, very upset and I didn’t know the situation in the house so I thought maybe he was going to hurt himself.”
During the graphic day of testimony, Pistorius started crying multiple times, rubbing his hand on his temples.
When court adjourned, the athlete looked visibly shaken. As his lawyers packed up their bags, his sister Aimee, wearing an outfit of all black, went to sit with him in the dock, her arm around his shoulders.