Routine settles in at Pistorius trial

2014-03-06 10:00
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Oscar Pistorius in court - day 4

See pictures from the North Gauteng High Court where Oscar Pistorius is standing trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

Pretoria - By day four, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has settled into a routine and the excitement appeared to have died down for most journalists.

Unlike on Monday, only a handful of journalists entered court GD when security guards opened the doors, checked their accreditation tags and let them in shortly before 09:00.

Outside the court only three cameramen were getting into position to catch the paralympian make his entrance. Two of them had stepladders to get a better view while a third used two plastic crates.

Pistorius appeared far more relaxed during court proceedings on Wednesday, even smiling on one or two occasions.

On Thursday he was already at his place in the dock at 09:00, looking at some papers on his lap. He was also seen bowing his head. His brother Carl and sister Aimee were also in court. Carl was seen briefly holding Pistorius's hand and straightening his suit.

Cross-examination

Proceedings got under way at about 09:30. Charl Johnson took the stand for cross-examination. Barry Roux, for Pistorius, questioned him about the similarities between his testimony and that of his wife, Michelle Burger.

Burger was the first witness to testify on Monday.

Roux immediately started with his contention that Johnson and Burger had discussed their testimony, because there was a "striking similarity" in their statements.

Johnson said: "We did not discuss her testimony in court."

They did talk about the events of the early hours of 14 February 2013, when Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead in a toilet at his home in Silver Woods Estate, Pretoria.

Johnson and Burger live in the next estate, Silver Stream, and have testified that they were woken by what sounded like screaming and gunshots.

Six witnesses have testified so far.

Three women, clad in ANC Womens' League attire, were sitting next to the Steenkamp family.

Pistorius is accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria house. He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of discharging a firearm in public. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

In September 2010 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

- SAPA
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