Limited space for Pistorius hearing

2013-06-04 07:47
Aimee Pistorius waits inside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court ahead of the pre-trial hearing of her brother Oscar Pistorius. (Christie Jacobs, Sapa)

Aimee Pistorius waits inside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court ahead of the pre-trial hearing of her brother Oscar Pistorius. (Christie Jacobs, Sapa)

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Pretoria - There was no space for all accredited media to fit into the courtroom where murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius was scheduled to appear on Tuesday morning.

Pretoria - There was no space for all accredited media to fit into the courtroom where murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius was scheduled to appear on Tuesday morning.

Just before 07:00, court officials told reporters there were 90 names on the media accreditation list but the court room could only hold 60 people.

The number of news crews swelled as the sun rose outside the Pretoria Magistrate's Court where Pistorius was set to appear for a pre-trial hearing.

Security guards called out reporters' names from the list before letting them into the building from the main entrance in Francis Baard Street.

Siblings in court

Inside court, Pistorius's brother Carl and sister Aimee, wearing a black jacket and scarf, were already waiting.

From 05:00, local and international media vehicles occupied parking spots around the court.

More than 12 outside broadcast vehicles had parked along Sophie de Bruyn Street (formerly Schubart) near the court soon after.

Homeless people who sleep outside the court and passers-by were surprised at the number of journalists and technical crews milling at the court entrance.

"Please tell me what is going to happen here?" one curious vagrant inquired.

The justice and constitutional development department said in a statement last week that the Pistorius matter would be postponed unopposed on Tuesday.

Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in his Pretoria home on 14 February.

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