PRETORIA, South Africa – In a day of potentially damaging testimony, a former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius said at his murder trial Friday that he once shot his gun out of a car sunroof and later cheated on her with the woman he killed last year.
The account capped the first week of the televised trial of the double-amputee Olympian. Prosecutors say he intentionally killed Reeva Steenkamp during an argument, but he insists it was a mistake, and that he fired through the locked toilet door in his bathroom believing an intruder was behind it.
Samantha Taylor said Pistorius always carried a firearm when they dated and sometimes shouted angrily at her and her friends. There were murmurs in court when Taylor said their relationship ended because Pistorius cheated on her with Steenkamp.
Taylor said she started going out with Pistorius in 2011 when she was 17 and that the relationship ended in November 2012.
Taylor described one occasion in which Pistorius fired his gun out of a sunroof soon after a policeman stopped their car for speeding. She also mentioned another incident in which she and Pistorius were followed by a car as he drove home.
“When we 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 said.
Defense lawyer Barry Roux said Pistorius denies the shooting took place.
Taylor also described previous incidents when Pistorius thought there was an intruder trying to get into his home, saying he reacted by waking her up. Pistorius did not attempt to wake or locate Steenkamp before he shot her by mistake, according to his own account.