NewsSouthern AfricaOscar Pistorius cuts a stern figure in court


Posted on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 14:24

Oscar Pistorius cuts a stern figure in court

By Crystal van Vyk

Oscar Pistorius also known as the Blade Runner has been accused for the murder of his girlfriend/Photo©ReutersCalm, collected and dressed like a star, murder accused and South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius appeared briefly at the Pretoria magistrate's court on Tuesday where he was due to be tried for killing his girlfriend.


But the case lasted less than 30 minutes as it was postponed to August 19.

"Mr Pistorius the matter against you has been postponed for further investigation," said acting magistrate Daniel Thulare.

"Yes your honour," replied Pistorius.

The state argued that it needed more time to investigate the case before the trail starts in August.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said the investigation was at a "sensitive" stage and would be wrapped up before August.

"We are satisfied with the progress [of the investigation] and everything that has been done. We want to see this case going forward fair and square," he said.

"I am not prepared to comment regarding the leak (of crime scene pictures) that we don't know of.

"We don't have knowledge of any leaks. We believe that whatever is out there is not part of the system."

Pistorius is on a one million rand bail and stands accused of murdering his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day.

The prosecution has accused the 26-year-old of premeditated murder, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

But the athlete claims he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder in a "terrible accident" and the defence wants the charge reduced to culpable homicide, which attracts up to 15 years behind bars.

Steenkamp, suffered gunshot wounds to her head, elbow and hip.

This was the first public appearance of Pistorius since his amended bail conditions.

Surrounded by bodyguards, Pistorius entered the Court through the front door wearing in a charcoal suit.

Upon entering the courtroom, he looked journalists straight in the eye before talking to his brother Carl. A huge local and international media contingent was present.

The acting magistrate had harsh words for the media saying he was concerned about the reportage on the case.

Thulare said it seemed that Pistorius was being tried by the media and cautioned the journalists not to scandalise the judiciary.

This follows a SkyNews television broadcast on Friday in which it purportedly showed the scene where Steenkamp was shot dead.

But the ‪National Prosecuting Authority‬ said it would not be taking action against Sky News.

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