Judge warns media on noise during Pistorius trial

By Drum Digital
07 March 2014

Judge Thokozile Masipa again warned journalists to behave in the High Court in Pretoria during Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.

On Friday however, she went a step further and said any transgressors would be removed from court.

"You should know better. From now on you will be forcefully removed from this court and you will not be given an opportunity to come back, either to this court or to the overflow room."

As she spoke the clickety-clack of laptop keyboards rose from the gallery as journalists wrote down her words.

Muttering from the public gallery, a laptop suddenly chattering while a witness was testifying, a media house's use of a witness's photo, and the use of a flashlight in court have all tested Masipa's patience this week.

Testimony of the State witness, radiologist Johan Stipp, continued after Masipa's warning.

Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.

- SAPA

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