Pistorius faces weekend in police cells

2013-02-15 14:36

Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will spend the weekend in police cells after he was formally charged on Friday with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He was arrested on Thursday after Steenkamp, a model and law graduate and participant in the Tropika Island of Treasure television show, was shot dead in his home.

After spending the night in jail the celebrity athlete arrived at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court in the back seat of a double-cab police bakkie.


He held a jacket over his head and a book in front of his face as cameramen surged towards the vehicle. The news of his arrest and Steenkamp's murder made local and international news.

With his father Henke and sister Aimee in the front row of the court. Pistorius walked into the packed room wearing a dark suit. He stood quietly in the dock, his hands at his side.

But after Magistrate Desmond Nair greeted him he put his hands to his mouth and wept. Nair asked him to be calm and he sat down.

The charge of murder was read into the court record.

Nair dealt briefly with an application to broadcast proceedings live.

With jaws clenched and his cheek twitching, Pistorius listened as his lawyer advocate Barry Roux said: "It can never be in the interests of justice... it will seriously prejudice the accused."

Nair ruled against live broadcasts of proceedings, allowing only audio recordings of argument and judgment and photographs before and after proceedings.


Nair moved to the bail application and Roux asked that it be set down for next week. This would allow the defence to prepare for forensic tests to support their argument that it was a "Section five" allegation.

In terms of Section five of the Criminal Procedure Act, which deals with "serious" offences, an accused may only be granted bail if he or she produces evidence to satisfy the court that the interests of justice permit the release.

Section six on the other hand, deals with "extremely serious" crime and requires exceptional circumstances for bail to be granted.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who also prosecuted former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi, supported the postponement, also for further tests and information gathering.

Nair asked: "Is the State's argument pre-meditated murder?"

"Yes," said Nel.

The postponement was granted to Tuesday 19 February. Pistorius would remain in the Brooklyn police station's cells.

Pistorius was still teary-eyed as he was led away.

TV show to go ahead

Meanwhile, Samantha Moon, executive producer of Tropika Island of Treasure 5, said the show featuring Steenkamp would be aired as planned on Saturday night.

"Reeva was an intelligent, beautiful, and amazing woman, and we feel it would be an injustice to keep that unknown from those who did not know her personally," Moon said.

"Every episode that she is in, every frame that she so ably dominates, shines with her light, and her laughter echoes in every conversation, and we want to share these special memories with the rest of South Africa."

It would dedicate this week's episode to Steenkamp.

  • mable.jacobs.90 - 2013-02-15 14:46

    I've never wished so hard for something to be an accident

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-15 14:58

      Like Lance Armstrong tripped and fell on a 20 year supply of testosterone.

      mossie.geldenhuys - 2013-02-15 15:19

      LOL. Good one john!!

      jcistheman - 2013-02-15 15:33

      I've emptied an entire clip on an intruder before johan.jacobs.5680. Only hit him once in the leg though.

  • SouthAfrican1912 - 2013-02-15 14:48

    Just give him a bail he can't run that far.

  • jon.dutoit.9 - 2013-02-15 14:49

    Moron... The whole world at your feet and your throw it away.. for what... the love of guns!

      thembi.khumalo.73744 - 2013-02-15 14:53

      jon, let's no judge him now until proven guilty, we dont know what drove to this

      werner.nel.712 - 2013-02-15 15:10

      It was not the guns fault Jon.

      robert.reeve.7564 - 2013-02-15 16:00

      It's not the gun, it's the hand the gun is in. Four 9mm shots into the same close range, unarmed human target, is shoot to kill and possibly murder.It doesn't look good for Oscar, especially since they were the only two in the house and had had a earlier domestic dispute...

      pjthesecond.eldest - 2013-02-16 00:31

      at your feet ????

  • marubini.munyai.1 - 2013-02-15 14:52

    Sorry bra

  • thembi.khumalo.73744 - 2013-02-15 14:56

    oscar might have killed, but attacking him on his physical appearance is not on. you innocent until proven guilty

      mo.matt.14 - 2013-02-15 15:06

      thembi, I agree. Sometimes I think there are more animals than humans on these forums. Keep your sick comments and prejudices to yourself.

  • zip.reeper - 2013-02-15 14:56

    brooklyn police cell still tuesday. charming. when is reeva's funeral, people. and hunt down those ex girlfriends to find out what oscar bladegunner was really like. where are the news editors?

  • Mabs - 2013-02-15 14:58

    I have never wished for so hard for this to be just be a very big bad dream, then I wake up and alls normal again.

  • yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2013-02-15 14:58

    How much is hear say and how much is facts?

  • Blemz - 2013-02-15 15:01

    Sad indeed! What i dont understand is, ok he is wrong and should be charged if guilty. It mustve been anger or frustration...whatever. He was wrong. But the point that i have is, he killed 1 person and the law is strict on him. I know people that not in anger kill someone, but its their job to rob, hijack, rape and kill people, but they just get bail and they are back to their job. Easy! A normal criminal gets off soo easy. yet in many a case they have many offences against them. How does this justice system work?

      challis.cupido - 2013-02-15 15:20

      do u know what pre meditate means....apparently this is what this murder was not bcoz of anger.

      kirsten.a.naylor - 2013-02-15 15:27

      I totally agree with you! yes, what he has done is wrong, but there are people have done worst (and more than once) and walking free, or that were given bail. Absolute BS! STUPID JUSTICE SYSTEM!!!

      salindan1 - 2013-02-15 15:43

      dont be stupid, Oscar killed someone that means he is a murderer. Reeva did not shoot herself

      stefan.meyer.927758 - 2013-02-16 06:35

      "@Blemz...too much chaff in your lullaby. Any evidence of all your verbal rubbish? I think you need to say it out loud that the fictional criminals you hallucinate about are blacks and no, oscar is white and must be protected at all costs" Why must everything allways be turned into a racial issue?? Are you guilty of something that you quickly jump on that horse? As far as Blems comment goes i dont see how you get to this stupid idea, grow up Khomotso please!!

  • mark.oosthuizen.54 - 2013-02-15 15:02

    Seriously now News24 - Are you going to have headlines for when Oscar takes a dump or brushes his teeth too? This story has run its course for now. There is obviously no other interesting news to publish.

      Tuner - 2013-02-15 16:37

      mark, then why are you reading the articles about Oscar. You can easily avoid them if it bothers you.

  • brian.dureuck - 2013-02-15 15:03

    easy oscar ... blame your violent act on apartheid ...

  • mkwebu - 2013-02-15 15:04

    Do u pple have evidence dat he is e one who killed her?,,,,,he s innocent until proven guilty

  • tracey.johns.948 - 2013-02-15 15:05

    There are so many rumours flying around.....wait for the facts before you judge...

      sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-02-15 15:12

      he killed his girlfriend. thats a fact.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2013-02-15 15:06

    Don't waste time make a deal, better for everyone.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-02-15 15:06

    he w'll better get use to the cell

  • mark.bekker - 2013-02-15 15:09

    this is definitely the South African version of the OJ Simpson trial. There will be two separate trains of thought and lots of speculation, but I think that too many people will miss the true essence if the story. Which for me is that we need to do our best as individuals to promote a peaceful society that is free of guns and free of violent individuals.

  • peter.sabatha - 2013-02-15 15:09

    I want to send my prayes to the Steenkamp family. May Godbless them.

  • usha.mistry.31 - 2013-02-15 15:11

    I once threw a flask at my husband thinking it was an intruder. I thought he was next to me in bed as the blankets were all heaped up....didnt know he went for a drink of water to the kitchen.....I'll wait for the judge to pass judgement

      challis.cupido - 2013-02-15 15:15

      throwing a flask and shooting 4times....2very different stories...

      Clash No-one Mafumo - 2013-02-15 15:44

      nd ppl 4get tat a trigger of a fire arm is sumthng tat a person cn just squeeze many time within seconds if the adrenalin is pumping. not guilty until proven otherwise,Oscar must just b treated as a citizen as well

      rodney.louis.7 - 2013-02-15 16:03

      silly usha ...

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2013-02-15 15:12

    I don't know what to say about this whole drama.

      rudolph.debeer.102 - 2013-02-15 15:35

      Then shut up and write nothing you idiot.

  • imam.madi.129 - 2013-02-15 15:15

    Very sad news.

  • tasneem.cader.7 - 2013-02-15 15:17

    Sick of opening up News24 an seeing reports on this story,mostly the same stuff being said...was this 'normal'ppl the hype wud prob not b so crazy! And all the jokes r disgracefull considering a girls life was lost...her fam cud b reading all the jokes, for her sake an her families,stop this jokes an mocking.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2013-02-15 15:20

    Some sectors of the public usually shout "DEATH PENALTY" when a crime of this nature is commited. I wonder what their stance is now.

      bless.boswell - 2013-02-15 15:26

      It will also be death penalty of he is guilty of willful murder. One does not shout "death penalty" just because the crime is committed by a black person. guilt is colourless. Or, at least it should be.

      Hansie.Crook - 2013-02-15 15:43

      bless.bowell - Where does race come into this? Im taking about the nature and the severity of the crime.

  • tatiana.maccario - 2013-02-15 15:20

    Its amazing how this murder case took over Anene's story of rape and even Zuma's speech..everyone is focused on Oscar...This feels like a soapie.

  • mordikaai.speak - 2013-02-15 15:37

    Funny how the public decide and condemn. Police have not even done there investigation o so topical but they to have decided.

      Kalibanache - 2013-02-15 16:28

      Because the police was there first and we get mixed messages such as self defense it was a burglar and then we find she was behind a closed bathroom door. Evidence is overwhelming and it seems some were already willing to lie for him...

      Aybra - 2013-02-15 17:41

      Its time people start condeming! Our women are being RAPED and murdered! Something needs to be done

  • Khomotso D Maake - 2013-02-15 15:45

    Tasneem, the public give no damn if u get sick or not of News24. this is not a platform for losers like you. Pls don't log on to this space any longer. you are pathetic.

  • Werner Rossouw - 2013-02-15 15:49

    maybe he shot 4 times because he has no legs and is vulnerable to any attack so when he shoots he shoots! not saying he's unguilty neither am i saying he's guilty. We dont know what happend and we dont know him so who are we to judge, so before harsh comments are made by uninformed clueless idiots lets wait until we know the whole story!

      Aybra - 2013-02-15 17:45

      He felt vulnerable with a Gun in his hand? He felt 2 vulnerable that he couldn't shout that he has a gun? Sounds like he was the uninformed idiot that took a life and should be punished irrespective of whether it was premeditated or not! This wouldn't of been an issue had he being an average joe from a township.

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2013-02-15 15:59

    Condolences to her family . Their daughter was precious to them and was making something of her life . If Pistorius is guilty or not remains to be seen , the police admit to being called to the scene of the crime previously .We must remember nobody is above the law ( hey Shabier my man you will tune me I am talking crap ne !! ) so if the evidence proves him guilty is is his own doing .

  • khabir.hoosen - 2013-02-15 16:03

    Get used to this matey, soon you will sleep there every night for the rest of your life! I feel sorry for her parents right now and NOT you!

  • jon.dutoit.9 - 2013-02-15 16:20

    This is not even killing in cold blood. Worse than a frozen blooded killers. 4 times, 2 in the head for someone you claim to love. This is sick....

  • skiapas - 2013-02-15 16:53

    ....NOW AVAILABLE AT C.N.A- "My Bloody Valentine".....get it, while it's still bloody !!

  • skiapas - 2013-02-15 16:57

    oscar is a loser in life....a nobody....nothing but a common criminal !!

  • nick.leith.311 - 2013-02-15 17:14

    There's something very wrong with this whole behind the bathroom door. I have one question. How did he know where to aim?

  • zwelithini.gagayi - 2013-02-15 20:25

    I wonder why it is difficult for some people to accept that he has killed a defenceless woman, and the law has to play it role. As for the way the police are treating him, he has only received an exceptionally special treatmet. His family brings him food, blankets and can be visited after hours. That is definately a special treatment.

      skiapas - 2013-02-15 20:47

      ...yeah, wot about a couple of jars of VASELINE- for all da anal he's gonne get whilst doing time- he-he-he-he-he.....

  • gail.botha.9 - 2013-02-16 03:04

    Unbelievable how everyone is judge and jury before knowing Anything....there is always 2 sides to any story... Get a grip on yourselves people

  • rudi.debeer.5 - 2013-02-16 07:28

    Faces more than a weekend.

  • Blemz - 2013-02-16 09:58

    @khomotso D maake. What a dumb comment. I never intended any racism btw. You are so narrow minded. I have proof from my own experience, which is just ONE of the family were held up at gun point, burnt with hot kettle water and assaulted. When the cops arrested the 2 suspects involved....they were actually out on bail for armmed robbery 2 months before. Now can u get my point?????

  • rooikop.ouma - 2013-02-16 10:34

    He is a spoilt, egotistical bad tempered man that went to far! He should pay the full price for what he has done????

  • rciza - 2013-02-16 14:17

    Whatever you say, guilty or not, whether he was provoked or not; The bottom line is: SOMEONE HAS LOST HER LIFE! It is just yet another violence against Women. Violence against Women MUST be punished whether it happens in the Township or in Sandton, Whether it is committed by Barack Obama in the White House or by the idiot in Bredasdorp-CapeTown. Otherwise, you might as well stop making noise about Women violence if you're going to confront it by giving preferential treatment to some selected perpetrators!

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