Os­car’s ex spills beans to po­lice

Weekend Witness - - News - ADRI­AAN BAS­SON

AN ex-girl­friend of mur­der ac­cused Os­car Pis­to­rius has spilled the beans to the po­lice.

Sis­ter pa­per City Press re­ports that Sa­man­tha Tay­lor has turned state wit­ness. She dated the Par­a­lympian ath­lete be­fore he started see­ing model Reeva Steenkamp at the end of last year.

Tay­lor told the po­lice about an in­ci­dent dur­ing which she and Pis­to­rius were driv­ing on the high­way with the sun­roof open.

Tay­lor was driv­ing when “Os­car al­legedly stood up and fired shots through the sun­roof”, City Press was re­li­ably told.

This ev­i­dence may lead the state to lay more charges against the ath­lete for the reck­less and neg­li­gent dis­charge of a firearm.

Pis­to­rius is sched­uled to ap­pear in court on Mon­day.

eNCA re­vealed yes­ter­day morn­ing that the National Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity had told Pis­to­rius’s lawyers of their plan to charge him with two counts of reck­lessly dis­charg­ing a gun in a pub­lic place. The lawyers re­fused to comment. If Pis­to­rius’s lawyers ob­ject to the charges be­ing added, the two new charges would not be in­cluded in Mon­day’s in­dict­ment, City Press was told.

The other charge re­lates to Pis­to­rius “accidentally” fir­ing a shot at the Tasha’s restau­rant in Mel­rose Arch, Jo­han­nes­burg, ear­lier this year.

Pis­to­rius is al­ready fac­ing charges of mur­der and the un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion.

Dur­ing his bail ap­pli­ca­tion ear­lier this year, the state tried to por­tray Pis­to­rius as trig­ger-happy with lit­tle re­gard for safety reg­u­la­tions.

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