Oscar Pistorius arrives in court for judgment

2014-09-11 09:20
Reeva Steenkamp's parents arrive at the North Gauteng High Court. (Sapa)

Reeva Steenkamp's parents arrive at the North Gauteng High Court. (Sapa)

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Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius arrived at the North Gauteng High Court at around 09:00 ahead of judgment in his murder trial.

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Pistorius pushed his way through a media contingent wearing a black suit, white shirt and black tie. He arrived in a white SUV.

He embraced his aunt and shared a long hug with his brother Carl, who arrived earlier in a wheelchair.

Carl Pistorius was wearing a grey suit. Both of his legs, which were in casts, were propped up in front of his wheelchair. He was injured in a car accident last month. He initially tried to enter the court through the main entrance, but then turned around and went in through the court's exit.

Pistorius also hugged his lawyer Brian Webber and greeted the rest of his legal team.

Greets Steenkamp family

The Steenkamp family just looked at him as Oscar Pistorius arrived in court. He greeted them, saying, "Morning," and nodded his head slightly.

Judge Thokozile Masipa was expected to start handing down judgment in the case at 09:30.

Media were being allowed into the court after 08:30, and foreign media were seen scrambling for accreditation at the court.

Andre Johnson from the prosecution team said all media would need accreditation to get in.

She instructed that there would be no standing in court. No food or drinks will be allowed into the courtroom.

By 08:40, the back row of the gallery was already full.

Witness Darren Fresco was sitting in the front row next to Reeva Steenkamp's family. A bouquet of red roses was lying in front of Steenkamp's mother June.

Justice

The ANC Women's League said it expected justice to prevail.

"We expect that justice should be done," said ANCWL Gauteng spokesperson Jacqui Mofokeng said.

"All of us want closure on the matter. We just need justice to prevail. A gun is not bouquet of flowers, it must be used responsibly."

Pistorius said he thought an intruder was behind the door of the toilet in his Pretoria home when he shot through it. He fired four times, killing his girlfriend Steenkamp on 14 February 2013. The State says the murder was premeditated.

When the trial started on 3 March, Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and to three firearm-related charges.

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