Oscar Pistorius: Bomb sweep carried out in court

2013-08-19 08:34

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The police’s explosives teams carried out a precautionary sweep to check for explosives inside the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court room where paralympian Oscar Pistorius would appear today.

Reporters were asked to temporarily leave the court where earlier, video cameras were being set up.

Security had assisted media with more chairs.

Pistorius’s brother Carl Pistorius was seen carrying the access tags that would allow his family inside.

It would have been Pistorius’s girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s 30th birthday today.

Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder after the model and law graduate was shot dead in his Pretoria home on February 14.

The State was expected to serve the double amputee with an indictment, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday.

“We also expect to have the trial starting early 2014, but we cannot at this stage confirm the exact date because this has to be agreed upon in court by all parties concerned,” spokesman Medupe Simasiku said at the time.

During a subsequent bail hearing, Pistorius’s defence read out a statement in which Pistorius said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

He has been out on R1 million bail since February 22, with some of the conditions amended since then.

On June 4, prosecutor Andrea Johnson said in court no details of the investigation would be revealed. She said the State needed more time to investigate the crime.

This was by agreement with Pistorius’s defence.

Johnson said the attention generated by Steenkamp’s death was not something the prosecution or the State could control, and felt his rights should not be overridden and he had the right to be treated like any other person.

Last Tuesday, police confirmed the investigation into Steenkamp’s death had been completed and the matter would be postponed.

National police spokesman Lt-Gen Solomon Makgale said the investigating team was convinced Pistorius had a charge to answer.

City Press reported yesterday when the case goes to trial on March 3 next year, the state will argue Steenkamp was crouching behind the toilet door in Pistorius’ bathroom when she was shot dead.

The state will try to show Steenkamp was hiding from Pistorius, fearing for her life, when he shot her through the toilet door.

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