A man from Dullstroom accused of killing his wife said he remembered seeing a red dot and everything going black before he found himself standing over her body.
Johan Riekert testified in the Pretoria high court on Tuesday about the minutes before and after the fatal shooting of his wife in March last year.
He insisted he could not remember firing any shots. Riekert said he had pleaded with his wife to take him back after she had kicked him out the house.
He claimed his wife became aggressive "when she had her menstruation" and had threatened him with a firearm several times because she suspected he was having an affair.
Riekert said he had gone to the trout shop where his wife worked on the day of the killing to discuss divorce.
He had his pistol in his pocket, but could not understand why she suddenly became afraid and started screaming for help. Riekert said he was holding out the gun so she could take it when she suddenly grabbed it and started tugging.
He realised the firearm was pointing at her and wanted to push it past her.
Then she stepped back and held her nose. He saw she was bleeding and wanted to help and console her.
The next thing he remembered was seeing a red dot, then everything went black.
When he came around, he found himself standing over his wife with the pistol aimed at her.
Blood was spurting out of his own chest and his wife was gasping. He walked towards her to help her, but the gasping stopped and he realised she was dead.
Riekert claimed he drove away from the scene because he did not want to die there. The trial continues. - Sapa