Media await Pistorius court appearance

2013-06-04 07:12
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Pretoria - Scores of journalists braved the cold on Tuesday morning ahead of the pre-trial hearing of murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Local and international media stood wrapped up in scarves and thick jackets, sipping hot coffee as they awaited accreditation.

From 05:00, local and international media vehicles took 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.

Postponement

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.

During a bail hearing in February, Pistorius's defence read out a statement in which he said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

He was released on bail on 22 February, but under conditions which he later challenged in the North Gauteng High Court. Several of the conditions were relaxed, including bans on international travel and alcohol consumption.

On Sunday night, Pistorius's uncle Arnold Pistorius said a leaked photograph, purportedly showing the scene where Steenkamp was shot dead, had "shaken" the family.

The picture was posted on the Sky News website on Friday.

National police spokesperson Brigadier Phuti Setati said on Friday police could not comment on the photograph because they did not know how it came to be in Sky News's possession.

"We don't want to be distracted by these deliberate tactics. All that we want to do is secure a conviction, so we are working throughout and investigating professionally," he said.

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