Reeva probably felt safe: Roux

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Pretoria - There was nothing abnormal about the way Reeva Steenkamp acted moments before she was shot and killed by her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Friday.

Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius said there was nothing strange about her not announcing in the middle of the night that she was heading to the toilet.

Roux also added that there was nothing weird about her taking her phone with her.

“Especially this younger generation... they gel very well with their phones,” said Roux.

He also pointed out that there was nothing odd about only a small amount of urine being found in her bladder nor about the fact that she was dressed in her shirts and t-shirt.

Roux said Steenkamp most probably heard Pistorius scream at the intruders to get out of the house.

“She got up from the toilet and closed and locked the door and sat in silence,” Roux said.

He claimed she probably felt safe behind the locked door.

Roux was delivering his closing arguments in Pistorius's murder trial.

The paralympic athlete was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Steenkamp.

He shot her behind a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home on Valentines Day last year. He alleged to have mistaken her for an intruder.

The State however contends it was premeditated.

“Had he threatened to shoot her, she would not have stood directly behind the door,” Roux said in his client's defence.

He maintained Pistorius intended to shoot an intruder and not the deceased.

Roux submitted to Judge Thokozile Masipa that the prosecution could not shift intention.

He argued that Pistorius should have been charged with culpable homicide.


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