Oscar Pistorius judgment day – and we’re off

2014-09-11 10:05

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By 9.30am today, courtroom GD at the North Gauteng High Court was packed in anticipation of Oscar Pistorius facing judgment over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Inside, the 27-year-old celebrity athlete stared straight ahead.

His brother Carl, who was in a car accident recently, arrived in a wheelchair.

Cameras flashed as Steenkamp’s parents, June and Barry, arrived. They were followed by the model’s uncle Mike, cousin Kim Martin and her husband, Dion.

June took a bunch of red roses into the court room, and placed them in front of her.

Speaking inside the packed court, a member of Steenkamp’s family told City Press that their nerves were shot. He voiced empathy for the Pistorius family.

If Judge Thokozile Masipa decides that Pistorius deliberately murdered Reeva, he could face 25 years in jail.

Masipa kicked off proceedings with an overview of the case, in what appears to be a very lengthy judgment.

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