PRETORIA, South Africa - A neighbor of Oscar Pistorius testified at his murder trial on Monday that she heard gunshots as well as screams from both a man and a woman on the night that the double-amputee runner fatally shot his girlfriend.
Anette Stipp was the latest witness to testify about hearing a woman screaming around the time that Pistorius killed model Reeva Steenkamp before dawn on Feb. 14, 2013.
The defense has countered that the neighbors were actually hearing Pistorius screaming in a high-pitched voice after he shot Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model. Pistorius has said he shot his girlfriend by mistake through a locked toilet door, thinking that she was an intruder in his home.
Under questioning from chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel, Stipp said she heard gunshots while lying awake around 3 a.m. on the night of the shooting, and then heard the "terrified, terrified" screams of a woman.
"The screaming at that stage just continued," said Stipp, who recalled looking out from a balcony at two houses with lights on in the gated community where her family and Pistorius lived.
Stipp said she told her husband Johan, who previously testified, that the screaming sounded as though a "family murder" had taken place.
"There was definitely a female screaming for quite a period," Anette Stipp said. "You could definitely hear two different voices."
Stipp said she then heard a second set of shots, and the screaming stopped.
Defense lawyer Barry Roux has said that after the Olympian fired into the door that he battered the door with a cricket bat to try to get to Steenkamp after realizing she was inside the toilet cubicle. Roux insists that some neighbors who testified mistook the sound of the cricket bat striking the door for gunshots.
The trial continues.