As it happened: Oscar Pistorius in court

2013-06-04 07:28

Oscar Pistorius has appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court. Catch up on all the details here.

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Last Updated at 09:32

9:51 - Phillip de Wet The NPA says it will prosecute any obstruction of justice. Do Pistorius pictures [aired by Sky News] qualify? "We're looking into it," says NPA.

9:47 - NPA: An indictment will hopefully be served on 19 August. We hope to see the trial start before the end of the year - Mandy Wiener.

NPA says it won't comment on concerns raised by the magistrate about court process and media.

9:44 - NPA says it is satisfied with the job that the police are currently doing and the team meets regularly, tweets Mandy Wiener.

9:38 - Pistorius will next appear on the day Reeva Steenkamp would have turned 30. Though it'll be another postponement, says Phillip de Wet.

9:28 - Aislinn Laing: Brian Webber, Oscar Pistorius's lawyer, said the coverage of the case has been "absolutely over the top and grossly disproportionate".

He confirmed that the defence team had seen no photographs of the crime scene before Sky news obtained a leaked copy, Laing tweets.

9:19 - Court adjourns.

9:19 - Pistorius swigs from water bottle then leaves courtroom. His face a mask of concentration and neutrality throughout, tweets Andrew Harding.

9:18 - Magistrate asks for investigation into possible contempt of court in Pistorius case.

9:17 - Pistorius speaks just once, confirming "yes, Your Honour" when asked if he understands magistrate's comments.

9:17 - Magistrate tells Pistorius that he must abide by bail conditions until next court hearing in August or bail could be revoked.

9:15 - Magistrate - Mr Pistorius the matter has been postponed... you are released on same bail conditions... attend on 19th August here in Court C.

9:15 - Magistrate asks Advocate Johnson and the NPA to look into whether conduct amounts to scandalous conduct towards courts or contempt.

9:14 - Magistrate concerned about the 'blurring of lines' and the sanctity of the Constitution.

9:14 - Defence lawyer Barry Roux says he shares the magistrate's concerns about media coverage.

9:13 - Pistorius is standing with his hands clasped before him, jaw tight, looking ahead at magistrate as he speaks, tweets Mandy Wiener.

9:13 - Roux: We don't want to be seen as obstructive to justice.

9:12 - State says unfortunately neither it, nor defence could control the attention the matter has received

9:12 - Magistrate: I also read newspapers. It would appear there is a trial by media houses of Mr Pistorius.

9:11 - State: I believe he has the right to be treated like any other individual.

9:10 - Thulare expressing unhappiness about some reporting on Pistorius case. Magistrate says there could be a risk of scandalising actions, especially through reporting, on case against Pistorius.

9:09 - Magistrate Thulare: I am a little bit concerned about extent to which there are activities surrounding issues pertaining to administration of justice.

9:09 - Magistrate now addressing the court and raising issues 'pertaining to administration of justice'. Speaking uber legalese, says Mandy Wiener.

9:08 - Advocate Barry Roux says defence has no difficulty with postponement.

9:07 - Roux: We undertook not to bring any applications on account of Advocate Gerrie Nel not being present.

9:07 - Magistrate pondering why defence and prosecution asking not to reveal all details of their agreement on postponement.

9:06 - Magistrate asks what parts of investigation still outstanding but Johnson asks that those details not be made public

9:06 - Advocate Barry Roux confirms that the postponement date will be 19 August. Says he has met with the State's team.

9:05 - Trial will be postponed to August 19, for "further investigation which has been communicated to the defence".

9:05 - The magistrate asks for the reasons for the postponement - Johnson says it's not in the interest to disclose.

9:04 - Prosecutor Johnson: State and defense have been communicating on investigation still outstanding. We agreed not to discuss this. 

9:03 - Acting chief magistrate Daniel Thulare enters. Pistorius stands. Court official proposes postponement until 9 August, says defence agree.

8:55 - Pistorius enters, clean shaven, pale blue shirt, dark blue tie with white squares, looking composed. Cacophony of cameras clicking, flashing, tweets The Guardian's David Smith.

8:54 - Photographers hustled out by police and court officials. Oscar's uncle Arnold and brother Carl speak to him, trying to look relaxed - Ainslinn Laing.

8:53 - Pistorius turns his back on photographers. He talks to his sister Aimee and passes something to her. He looks composed, says Karyn Maughan.

8:52 - Contrary to reports, Oscar Pistorius walks in clean-shaven, looking almost exactly the same as he did three months ago, tweets UK reporter Ainslinn Laing.Photo tweeted by Ginny Stein:


8:51 - Pistorius has arrived in Court C to the dazzle of camera flashes. Start the clocks. This'll be quick, tweets Phillip de Wet. Oscar in court, photo tweeted by Rohit Kachroo:


8:51 - Oscar Pistorius has just walked through the front door of Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

8:50 - Pistorius car now in front of court. He climbs out, tweets Nickolaus Bauer.

8:48 - Pistorius defence advocates Kenny Oldwage and Barry Roux enter the court with instructing attorney Brian Webber.

8:46 - Prosecutor Andrea Johnson and investigating officer Mike van Aardt have arrived and are setting up, says Barry Bateman.

8:44 - The car Oscar Pistorius is in seems to have been driving around the block for a while. Avoiding media at entrances, tweets Cathy Mohlahlana.

8:43 - Oscar Pistorius fan @miramour does a tribute to him titled: We'll stand by you. VIDEO >>

8:41 - A bank of photographers is waiting for the accused to enter the dock, tweets Barry Bateman.

8:41 - Pistorius is expected in the courtroom shortly. Coach Ampie Louw has entered and is seated, says Barry Bateman.

8:35 - Oscar Pistorius has arrived in court, says eNCA.

8:31 - Pistorius has left his home and is due to arrive at court shortly, according to Sky News.

Karin Labuschagne: The public gallery. The media. The empty dock:

Pistorius court

8:26 - A dozen Pistorius female relatives and friends now in court, tweets the BBC's Andrew Harding.

8:25 - Reeva Steenkamp's family aren't expected to attend Tuesday's Pistorius hearing, tweets Karyn Maughan.

8:23 - Nomsa Maseko: Pistorious's sister asking relatives to reserve seats for Reeva's family. " Even if they don't come we need to show them that we care."

8:21 - Pistorius supporters silently streaming into court, tweets Mandy Wiener

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8:17 - Karin Labuschagne: THIS is the Oscar Pistorius courtroom:

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8:14 - Greg Marinovich I feel the same: #OscarPistorius trial the media flagellation of a woman's corpse. Her death was nasty, brutish, short

8:10 - Pistorius family arrive in two land rovers. Media surge towards them. No blade runner inside, tweets Nickolaus Bauer.

8:06 - Acting Chief Magistrate Daniel Thulare will handle the Pistorius hearing on Tuesday, not Desmond Nair, tweets Karyn Maughan.

8:03 - Photographers and camera crews stationed in front of the dock, tweets Jacaranda News's Karin Labuschagne.

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7:58 - Aimee Pistorius was in court to support her brother Carl just two weeks ago - when he was acquitted of culpable homicide, says Karyn Maughan.

7:52 - Karyn Maughan: Pistorius's aunt is in court and sitting next to Aimee, who has sat alone in front of dozens of cameras for half an hour.

7:50 - Oscar's brother Carl and coach Ampie Louw have just entered the court house - Barry Bateman.

7:48 - Despite the Justice Dept's best attempts to create an orderly entry procedure, it's still a mad scrum outside, tweets EWN's Barry Bateman.

7:45 - We're told Oscar Pistorius has been granted permission to enter through the back entrance and will likely come in that way, tweets EWN's Mandy Wiener. Although, Cathy Mohlahlana saysit looks like Pistorius will use the front door entrance.

7:43 - Carl Pistorius is now outside court...looking very sombre. Isn't saying much. I think he's waiting for Oscar, tweets eNCA's Cathy Mohlahlana.

- Pistorius had a beard in the weeks leading up to his court appearance - but he's understood to have shaved it off, says Karyn Maughan.

7:38 - Court management will let accused enter through the back entrance if there are justifiable concerns over their security - Karyn Maughan.

7:35 - Uncertainty over whether Oscar Pistorius will enter through the front door. Court management - not NPA - can allow him to use the back entrance, tweets Karyn Maughan.

7:31 - Oscar's sister Aimee waits for her brother's court appearance, tweets Sky News's Alex Crawford.

 Aimee Pistorius

7:24 - Carl and Aimee Pistorius are in court. 

Court officials: Court C can accommodate 60 people - but already 90 people granted accreditation to enter, says Karyn Maughan.

7:19 - Police have completed a sweep of court C. Extra numbers have been deployed to deal with Pistorius's appearance and an ANCWL demonstration, tweets eNCA's Karyn Maughan.

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