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Distraught Pistorius tried to save girlfriend, witness says

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PRETORIA, South Africa — As the girlfriend he shot lay dead or dying in his home, a weeping, praying Oscar Pistorius knelt at her side and struggled in vain to help her breathe by holding two fingers in her clenched mouth, a witness testified today at the double-amputee runner’s murder trial.

“’I shot her. I thought she was a burglar. I shot her,”’ radiologist Johan Stipp recalled Pistorius saying in the minutes after the fatal shooting for which the celebrated athlete is on trial for murder.

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