Court to decide on making post mortem public

By Drum Digital
10 March 2014

Judge Thokozile Masipa will decide whether the testimony of pathologist Gert Saayman will be allowed to be broadcast to the public.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel requested that Saayman’s audio testimony not be broadcast out of respect to the family of Oscar Pistorius’s slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. According to Nel, Saayman’s testimony regarding the postmortem conducted on Steenkamp is of a sensitive and graphic nature.

Defence advocate Barry Roux agreed with Nel on the matter.

It is understood that Masipa will announce her decision when court resumes.

Earlier on Monday, Nel re-examined security guard, Pieter Baba, over his testimony on what happened the night that Steenkamp was shot dead.

Baba said that he was extremely tired after the events of that night, and gave his first statement at 1pm on 14 February after completing his night shift. Roux had earlier pointed out that the phone records did not match Baba’s first statement.

Nel presented to the court Baba’s second statement, which states that he called Pistorius first. In the second statement Baba said Pistorius told him “everything is fine” before the line went dead. He said Pistorius called him back crying.

Roux proceeding to re-cross-examine Baba, and put it to him that on Friday Baba testified that he was in such a state of shock he could not even remember how Pistorius carried Steenkamp down the stairs. Baba agreed.

Court was then adjourned for a brief break.

- SAPA

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