Advocate, Barry Roux at the Pretoria High Court. Picture: Gallo Images
Oscar Pistorius would have heard a friend warn him there was a bullet in the chamber of a gun he handed to the athlete, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.
"The acoustics in that restaurant are terrible, particularly at lunchtime, but because of the proximity of our heads it is impossible that he could not have heard me say the gun was 'one up'," Darren Fresco said to questioning from Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius.
"One up" means there is a bullet in the chamber.
Fresco was testifying about a shot that went off from his Glock pistol after he passed it under a table to Pistorius at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, in January 2013.
Boxer Kevin Lerena and a British sprinter were with Pistorius and Fresco at the time.
The gun fired and a bullet went into the tiled floor under the table.
Fresco and Pistorius were sitting diagonally across from one another and leaned towards each other as the gun was passed.
Court was adjourned for 10 minutes due to a problem with the recording equipment.
Pistorius is accused of the murder of model and law graduate Steenkamp on February 14 last year.
He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.
He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.
In September, 2010 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.