Pistorius disagreed with Taylor's testimony that he fired a shot through the open sunroof of a car. While he admitted to handling a firearm that went off inside a busy restaurant, he says he thought at the time that his friend, Darren Fresco, who handed him the loaded weapon, shared the responsibility. Fresco offered to take the blame and Pistorius says he was extremely glad that no-one got injured in the incident. When Fresco testified about the incident, he said that Pistorius asked him to take the blame.
Pistorius first took the stand Monday, crying repeatedly, his voice wavering as he discussed the night Steenkamp died.
"There hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family. I wake up every morning and you’re the first people I think of, you’re the first people I pray for. I can’t imagine that the pain and sorrow and the emptiness that I caused you and your family," he said.
"I was simply trying to protect Reeva. I can promise that when she went to bed that night she felt loved. I’ve tried to put my words on paper many times to write to you but no words would ever suffice," Pistorius said.
If convicted of premeditated murder, Pistorius could be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison.