Oscar Pistorius broke down in sobs and howls while testifying at his murder trial Tuesday, forcing the court to adjourn as the star athlete was describing the moments he said he first realized he had shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.
''I sat over Reeva and I cried,'' Oscar Pistorius said, telling how he broke open the stall door in his bathroom last year to discover his mortally wounded girlfriend slumped over in the cubicle. ''I don't know how long I was there for.''
Oscar Pistorius has said he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder in his bathroom. Tuesday marked the first time he has spoken publicly on the details of the fatal shooting. Prosecutors call Oscar Pistorius' story an intricate lie and maintain he intentionally killed his 29-year-old girlfriend, a model and reality TV show star, after an argument.
The Olympian, 27, is charged with premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death and faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years before parole if convicted on that charge.
On the witness stand, he began to cry loudly while testifying, forcing the judge to rule a brief adjournment. Oscar Pistorius didn't stand up when the judge left, and also started to wail as he sat slumped over on the witness stand, his head in his hands. His brother and sister went over to him in an apparent attempt to comfort him and after a while he left the courtroom through a side door, still crying.
When Judge Thokozile Masipa returned, she called an early adjournment. Oscar Pistorius had by that time had returned to sit, jaw clenched, in the witness box. Court was to reconvene on Wednesday.
Pistorius pleaded not guilty to murder at the start of his trial and denied in earlier testimony Tuesday three other charges against him relating to firing a gun in public on two occasions, and illegal possession of ammunition. On one of the counts two witnesses have testified that Pistorius recklessly shot a gun out of a moving car in September 2012, months before he killed Steenkamp. Pistorius said: ''It never happened.''
Led by defense lawyer Barry Roux for the second day of his testimony, Pistorius also said he wasn't to blame for a shot going off in a busy Johannesburg restaurant because a friend handed him an ''unsafe'' gun with a bullet in the chamber under the