Oscar Pistorius asked for a friend’s gun at a restaurant shortly before the firearm went off, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.
“The accused asked me to pass my firearm to him,” Darren Fresco said to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.
Pistorius took the Glock pistol from Fresco under a table, 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.
When Nel asked Fresco why Pistorius asked for his gun, Fresco said he did not know.
“I thought he was competent. We had been to the shooting range before and I know he had a big love for guns,” said Fresco.
He said there was a bullet in the chamber and he saw Pistorius make a “shoulder gesture”, which he assumed was Pistorius sighting the existing bullet out of the chamber.
Fresco said the gun had no “specific safety clip”.
The gun fired and a bullet went into the tiled floor under the table.
During cross-examination by Advocate Barry Rouw, Fresco said Pistorius would have heard him when he said there was a bullet in the chamber.
“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’,” he said.
“One up” means there is a bullet in the chamber.
Fresco and Pistorius were sitting diagonally across from one another and leaned towards each other as the gun was passed.
Pistorius is accused of the murder of model and law graduate Steenkamp on 14 February 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.