Mon, 03 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMT | By Sapa

First Witness Takes The Stand

The first witness took the stand in the High Court in Pretoria on Monday after midday.


Hammer and gavel (© SXC\CreationC)

A woman, Michelle Burger, who lives next door to the Silverwoods Estate, where paralympian Oscar Pistorius lived, said she heard screams on February 14 in the early morning hours.

"I heard a woman's terrible screams. I sat upright... and my husband also woke up from the screams. My husband jumped up and went to the balcony."

Burger heard a woman scream for help.

Burger's testimony was not televised.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, and contraventions under the Firearms Control Act including possession of ammunition without a licence.

The 27-year-old is accused of murdering Steenkamp at his Pretoria home last year.

Watch the trial live on ECR.

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