Fewer media at Oscar trial

2014-05-08 11:45
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Oscar Pistorius in court - day 28

See pictures from the North Gauteng High Court where Oscar Pistorius's trial is in its 28th day.

Pretoria - Fewer journalists were outside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday morning when murder-accused Oscar Pistorius arrived for his trial.

The paralympian walked through a passage created by journalists standing on either side of the entrance.

There were fewer reporters and cameramen compared to previous days.

Numerous outside broadcast vans have been permanently parked adjacent to the court since the trial began on 3 March.

Pistorius sat in the dock in court, scrolling on his phone before proceedings resumed. He had a small bag of documents by his side.

Earlier this week, Pistorius's neighbours on either side of his Silver Woods Estate home testified they did not hear gunshots early on Valentine's Day last year, when Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead.

Intruder

Neighbour Rika Motshuane said she had heard a man crying around 03:20 and had woken her husband.

"The crying was very loud and very close. I remember thinking it could have been in the house."

She said she did not hear a woman scream.

Pistorius has claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her dead in his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

He has been charged with murder.

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act - one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

He has denied guilt on all charges.

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