Pistorius arrives in court for hearing

2013-06-04 08:55
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Oscar Pistorius court appearance

See all the pictures from Oscar Pistorius's court appearance at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Pretoria - Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court shortly before 09:00 on Tuesday for his pre-trial hearing.

He was ushered into court by bodyguards as photographers jostled in the streets to get photographs.

He was quickly led into the court room wearing a suit with a light blue shirt.

He faced the waiting cameras with a straight face as they clicked away.

His uncle Arnold Pistorius had also just arrived.

Postponement

His defence lawyers Barry Roux and Kenny Oldwage were already in place in the court, ahead of what is expected to be a swift postponement, as was the prosecution team.

Acting Magistrate Daniel Thulare was expected to preside.

Photographers took pictures of Pistorius's sister Aimee, wearing a black jacket and scarf, and his brother Carl.

Outside court, journalists had erected small tents and camping chairs near the entrance.

Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in his Pretoria home on 14 February.

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

He was released on bail on 22 February, but under conditions which he later challenged in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Several of the conditions were relaxed, including bans on international travel and alcohol consumption.

 

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