Pistorius witness says privacy compromised

2014-03-05 10:10
Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

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2014-03-05 09:18

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Pretoria - State witness Charl Johnson feels his privacy was compromised after his cellphone number was read out in the North Gauteng High Court during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius.

"It keeps on ringing so I keep it off... I feel my privacy has been compromised severely," he told the court on Wednesday.

Johnson's cellphone number was read out in court on Tuesday. He was not initially aware of this.

Johnson said a number of voice mail messages were left on his phone after it was read out, including a message asking him why he was lying about what happened on the night that Pistorius killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The third day of the trial got under way at around 09:30.

Judge Thokozile Masipa asked Johnson to speak a bit louder after he took the stand.

On day two of the trial, Johnson testified that he and his wife Michelle Burger were woken up by piercing cries, followed by gunshots in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.

Johnson's testimony corroborated in detail what Burger had told the court on Monday.

Pistorius, wearing a black suit and carrying a laptop bag, arrived at the court at around 09:10 on Wednesday surrounded by police and security. His family entered a short while later.

Other witnesses

Witnesses expected to testify in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial were seen walking into the court ahead of proceedings on Wednesday.

They included Samantha Taylor, who previously dated Pistorius.

She entered the court flanked by companions. She was dressed in a black dress. She spoke to the prosecution briefly and was then led out of court through a side door.

Shortly after Steenkamp's death, Taylor came forward, saying Pistorius had previously fired a gun through the open sunroof of her car.

Also in court was boxer Kevin Lerena, a friend of Pistorius, dressed in a black suit, white shirt and red tie.

He was with Pistorius at a Melrose Arch restaurant when Pistorius accidentally fired a gun, missing Lerena's foot.

The incident occurred days before Steenkamp's death. Lerena reportedly said the restaurant shooting was an accident.

Premier in court

Also attending Wednesday's proceedings was Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

Dressed in black, she walked to a relative of Steenkamp, gave her a hug and sat next to her in the bench reserved for the Steenkamp and Pistorius families.

Several members of the ANC Women's League accompanied Mokonyane to court.

Pinned on their official green and black uniforms was a picture of Reeva Steenkamp.

Earlier, journalists were asked on Wednesday to keep their murmuring down and respect Judge Thokozile Masipa during the trial.

"The most important person in this room at any given time is the judge," a court official told the press in the public gallery of court GD.

The woman official said she could see Masipa frowning just after she adjourned proceedings on Tuesday, as the journalists began talking amongst themselves before she had left the room.

"Please keep your murmuring down to the quietest whisper," she said.

- SAPA
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