Lawyers have access to Pistorius

2013-02-18 14:48
Oscar Pistorius (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Oscar Pistorius (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Pretoria - The legal team of murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius has access to him beyond Brooklyn police station's set visiting hours, his lawyer Kenny Oldwage said on Monday.

"We have access to him at all times," he said in a telephone interview.

The visiting hours at the police station, where Pistorius was kept since his first court appearance on Friday, are 15:00 to 16:00. However, Oldwage said the legal team had seen Pistorius outside the set times, for consultation.

A large media contingent kept watch outside the police station in Pretoria on Monday for people visiting Pistorius.

Close to 20 journalists from local and international media houses tried to catch a glimpse of Pistorius' relatives before his bail application in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

US television station NBC stored its equipment under gazebos opposite the building overnight and hired a security guard to keep watch.

‘Britons shocked’

Its journalists were seen setting up their equipment shortly before noon.

Sky News journalist Alex Crawford said the news of Pistorius' arrest had been widely reported in Britain.

"He is about the only Olympic person they [Brits] know that isn't British apart from Usain Bolt," she said. "They are totally shocked."

Pistorius, 26, who is accused of murdering his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, was arrested shortly after the fatal shooting at his Pretoria home early on Thursday morning.

He has since been charged with Steenkamp's murder and is expected to bring a formal bail application when he makes his second court appearance on Tuesday.

‘Reeva was an angel’

On Sunday, Steenkamp's family said her body was back in her coastal hometown of Port Elizabeth. A private funeral was scheduled to be held on Tuesday.

Steenkamp was seen laughing and smiling on television on Saturday night when the SABC aired the first episode of a reality television show in which she was featured.

Her family said it did not oppose the broadcast because Steenkamp had wanted people to see it. A tribute to her was shown before the episode.

A fellow-contestant on the Tropika Island of Treasure 5 show told AP Television News that Steenkamp "was always making sure everyone was OK".

"Fun, crazy, loving, beautiful, gorgeous. She really was an angel and I still haven't come to terms with what happened," said Katleho Molai.

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