‘Premeditated murder’: Pistorius breaks down in court

2013-02-15 12:13

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Star athlete Oscar Pistorius broke down in court upon hearing that the State would argue he had killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in cold blood.

CNN reporter Robyn Curnow tweeted that Pistorius’s “whole body (was) shaking during (the) court appearance ... he looks utterly broken, fragile”.

The court heard that the State would argue that the murder had been premeditated.

Pistorius started crying shortly after entering the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Wearing a dark suit, he put his hands to his mouth and started crying after Magistrate Desmond Nair greeted him.

Top prosecutor Gerrie Nel stood nearby.

Nair told him to be calm, and Pistorius sat down.

The State read out a charge of murder after which an application was heard to televise the bail application.

Nair said he received a letter from public broadcaster the SABC to broadcast proceedings.

The SABC said if it wasn’t possible to cover the proceedings directly, it would want to record before and after the proceedings.

Legal affairs reporter Karyn Maughan of e News Channel Africa (eNCA) made a request for eNCA and for other media to be allowed to cover proceedings.

The request to broadcast the application live was denied.

Meanwhile, Pistorius sat with his jaw clenching and his cheek twitching.

He was arrested yesterday after Steenkamp was shot dead in his home, at the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria.

The matter has been postponed until Tuesday.


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