Oscar’s crime fears unfounded, court told

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Oscar Pistorius reacts as he sits in the dock during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko

Pretoria - Prosecutors in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial have tried to imply that Pistorius's claims that he feared crime in his area - leading to the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp - are unfounded.

The second witness to be called to testify in the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday was Adriaan Maritz, Boschkop warrant officer in the crime information office.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel said Maritz was brought before court to say whether Pistorius had ever reported any complaints or committed any other offences.

Maritz said Pistorius had never been a victim of crime.

The court was shown an aerial view of Pistorius's suburb, Silver Lakes.

Sparse dots on the map indicated crimes committed in the area between January 2011 and April 2013, including a few house robberies and armed robberies. In Silverwoods Country Estate, another diagram showed 10 crimes committed in its borders in the same time period.

The only murder was Pistorius's own case, along with a theft reported at the house after watches went missing from his home during the police investigation.

A house robbery occurred at another home at the estate in October 2011, but no other burglaries or house robberies were reported.

Defence advocate Barry Roux argued that the statistics only reflected reported crimes, which Maritz agreed with.

He also argued that police were coming from another house robbery on the night Pistorius shot Steenkamp, meaning the occurrences aren't as rare as the State was implying.

A third witness will be called later on Tuesday.

shain.germaner@inl.co.za

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