Oscar’s lawyer tries to trip up witness

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oscar leans over 2 sized Times Media Group/Pool Oscar Pistorius consults with his legal representatives. The double amputee and Paralympian is appearing in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in connection with the murder of model Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Alon Skuy/Times Media Group/Pool

Pretoria - After a lengthy lunch break, defence advocate Barry Roux began his cross-examination of Kevin Lerena.

Lerena was first asked to establish that the restaurant was noisy.

Roux argued that Pistorius had not heard that the gun was "one up" or loaded, when it was handed to him.

The professional boxer said he could not speak for Pistorius or exactly how loud the restaurant was, simply that it was noisy.

Pistorius was trying to examine the gun to make sure it was safe, and it was during his handling that the shot went off.

Roux said his client was angry at first with Fresco and confronted him by asking why he was given a gun with a loaded magazine.

"What if someone got hurt?" Pistorius claimed he asked.

Roux said Pistorius also asked Fresco if he understood what it would mean for his reputation if the incident was made public.

Lerena said he heard Fresco tell management the gun had caught on his pants, leading to the shot.

Roux said that Fresco had paid off the damages and the incident was complete.

Gerrie Nel, in his re-examination, reasserted the notion that Pistorius insisted that Fresco take the blame.

Jason Loupis, the manager of Tasha's in Melrose Arch, where the shooting took place, was then called to the stand.

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