Anxious crowd waits at court to see ‘hero’

2013-02-15 00:00

“WHEN’S that hero coming?” car guards outside the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court asked as international journalists waited for South Africa’s Olympic runner to appear.

They were all disappointed. He will only be in court today, after a night in police cells.

It was decided that because police have 48 hours after an arrest to get a suspect to court, prosecutors would wait to get all the necessary information together first.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Denise Beukes said Pistorius asked to appear in court yesterday afternoon, but there was not enough time and he will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court today.

His lawyer, Kenny Old­wage, said they would not bring an urgent application to have him in court as soon as possible.

Police said they would oppose bail because of the nature of the crime.

A person charged under schedule six of the Criminal Procedure Act (which includes premeditated murder), must prove that he is fit to be released on bail.

Pistorius spent last night in the holding cells at the Boschkop police station. A source said the station had two cells, both of which were already occupied, so he would not have been alone in a cell.

Two men, who bystanders pointed out as Pistorius’s father and brother, were seen outside court, but left when he did not appear.

“We are praying for him,” said a woman outside court.

Another added that her “heart was bleeding for him”.

“I hope they’re not too hard on him,” said another.

But a man pointed out: “Just remember, someone is dead, who had a father, a mother and a family. Don’t forget the victim just because Oscar is your hero.”

A prosecutor commented: “Let’s wait and see what is in the charge sheet. Let the law take its course.”

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