South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaves after a hearing of his murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on March 11, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE
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Oscar Pistorius "had a big love of weapons", a friend testified in court Tuesday, saying he previously saw the Paralympian fire shots at a traffic light and inside a crowded restaurant.In testimony that painted Pistorius as reckless, disdainful of authority and with a penchant for guns, fast cars and pretty blondes, Darren Fresco said he saw the gold medallist fire shots in public on two occasions.Pistorius is on trial charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but he also faces two charges of discharging a weapon in public and one charge of illegally possessing ammunition.Taking the stand on Tuesday, Fresco said that in 2012 Pistorius shot out of a car sunroof at a traffic light after a row with traffic police.Fresco and Pistorius's then-girlfriend Samantha Taylor were in the car when police pulled them over for speeding at as much as 260 kilometres (160 miles) per hour. Fresco said he passed his Glock 27 under the restaurant table after Pistorius asked to see it.
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