The shooting of law graduate Reeva Steenkamp was an accident, murder accused Oscar Pistorius told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

“The accident was that I discharged my firearm because I believed an intruder was coming to attack me,” Pistorius said during his trial on a charge of having killed his girlfriend deliberately.

“The discharge was accidental,” Pistorius said under cross-examination from Prosecutor Gerrie Nel who asked what the accident was.

In his plea explanation Pistorius said the shooting was an accident.

Pistorius shot dead Steenkamp through a locked toilet door in his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

He says he mistook her for an intruder and has pleaded not guilty.

Pistorius told the court on Wednesday he never intended to shoot anyone.

“I never intended to shoot anyone. I got a fright from the noise inside the toilet,” he said.

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