Pistorius takes call, chats to sketch artist

2014-03-04 09:48
Lawyer Barry Roux speaks to his client Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

Lawyer Barry Roux speaks to his client Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High Court. (Themba Hadebe, AP)

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Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius briefly took a phone call and then spoke to a sketch artist at the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday ahead of his murder trial.

The two casually shook hands before a brief interaction. Pistorius looked at ease on Tuesday, often looking back at the public gallery.

There was no sign of Reeva Steenkamp's mother June who was there on Monday.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, and contraventions under the Firearms Control Act, including possession of ammunition without a licence. He claims he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar.

The first witness, Michelle Burger, took the stand on Monday and testified that she heard a woman's "blood-curdling" screams coming from his home on the night of the shooting.

Cross-examination of Burger was due to continue on Tuesday at 09:30.

The proceedings in the wood-panelled courtroom were broadcast live on television and radio, with the initial indictment listing 107 witnesses to testify for the State.

Judge Thokozile Masipa presided and swore in assessors Janet Henzen-du Toit and Themba Mazibuko.

- SAPA
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