Roux says that Pistorius' bedroom and bathroom do not face Mrs. van der Merwe's house. She says it's possible, she doesn't know the layout of the house.
Roux begins with the argument van der Merwe heard at Pistorius' house this year. He's going to tell her what it was about. Roux says they were testing how far sound could travel from Pistorious' house at 2-3 a.m. Roux says it's interesting van der Merwe couldn't hear the screaming.
Nel is done with his questioning. Roux begins cross-examination.
Van der Merwe says she didn't hear any sounds other than the four bangs. Nel asks if she heard any screams, she says "not at all."
Oscar Pistorius is back in court.
Pistorius is not in court. Someone has gone to try find him. Advocate Roux says he could have been delayed by the swarm of media.
Court should be back in session shortly. Oscar Pistorius' neighbor and state witness Estelle van der Merwe will resume her testimony.
And we break for lunch,10 minutes early. Back in session in an hour.
Witness says she knew it was Pistorius' house because she'd seen him in the neighborhood driving his white BMW and he was friendly to her.
Van der Merwe takes a moment to collect herself. She says she heard people talking, then it stopped, then they talked again. It wasn't continuous talking. She says it sounded like two people who were involved in an argument but she couldn't hear the other person's voice. This is the 2013 argument she heard.
The voice she heard last February was a female voice, the voice she heard this February was a male voice.
Van der Merwe is describing a different fight she heard at Pistorius' house. She saw a light on and heard loud voices, fighting. This fight happened on the 21st of February this year, in the morning. The voices woke her up.
Roux objects to Nel's use of "voices" plural when the witness stated she only heard one.
Witness doesn't know if the bedroom window was open because her husband usually opens and closes the windows.
Nel is now showing her an aerial photograph and asks her to identify her house. Van der Merwe points out her house and Pistorius' house. She knew he lived there.
Nel asks if the voice that irritated her was a man or a woman. Van der Merwe says she heard a woman's voice.
Shortly after the commotion she says she heard someone crying loudly.
The witness appears to be very nervous. Nel asks if she's OK.
Witness's husband went to look out of the window but didn't see anything. They then heard a commotion.
Nel: What happened to the voice you heard?
Van der Merwe: After hearing the four sounds it was total silence.
After the four shots her husband woke up. He said "those were gunshots"
Witness: It sounded like "bang, bang." That's the best I can do.
Van der Merwe: I told Captain van Aardt that I heard four sounds but I do not know how to describe them. He told me they were four shots.
At about 3 a.m she heard a hard sound. There's a discrepancy over the translation of the Afrikaans word the witness used.
The witness is apparently very tense. Nel asks if he can have a minute to get her to relax. The judge instructs her to relax.
Van der Merwe was at home with her husband and child on February 13, 2013. She says she heard people fighting for about an hour. She couldn't hear what the people were saying and she didn't know what language they were speaking in.
Van der Merwe is going to testify in Afrikaans. It sounds like a different interpreter from yesterday. Van der Merwe is a neighbor of Oscar Pistorius. She says she's never met him and didn't know him.
Gerrie Nel now calls witness Estelle van der Merwe to the stand. She also doesn't want her face shown.
The judge has excused Mrs. Burger.
Gerrie Nel ends his questioning of Michelle Burger.