Supporters show their love for Oscar Pistorius outside court

2014-04-14 10:12

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Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius was hugged by a woman as he entered the high court in Pretoria this morning.

Members of a Facebook group, mainly women, set up in support of the Paralympian, waited on the pavement with white balloons for him to arrive.

When he stepped out of a silver Land Rover to walk the gauntlet of reporters and onlookers, the photographers shouted for the supporters to get their white balloons out of their shots.

Then a woman ran up to him and threw her arms around him. There were shouts of “We love you Oscar, we are here for you”.

Pistorius froze for several seconds until his security detail pried her off him. There was applause as Pistorius’ lawyers, including Barry Roux, arrived.

A woman in a red jersey stood clutching a CD with his face on the cover, a book with the title God se Liefdesbriewe aan Jou (God’s love letters to you) and a small trophy bearing the name Oscar on the base.

When Pistorius moved inside the court, he sat quietly by himself until he was joined by his sister Aimee. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel is continuing his cross-examination of the athlete who took the stand last Monday.

Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria townhouse on February 14 2013. He shot her through the locked door of his toilet, apparently thinking she was an intruder who was about to emerge and attack him.

He is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act, one of illegal possession of ammunition and two 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.

On September 30 2012, he allegedly fired his 9mm pistol through the open sunroof of a car while driving with friends in Modderfontein, Gauteng.

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