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Police 'ready' for Pistorius trial

2014-02-05 12:55

Johannesburg - Police are ready for the trial of murder-accused paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius, Gauteng deputy commissioner Major General Tebello Mosikili said on Wednesday.

"The case is going to court, [and] all necessary evidence that we needed to take the docket to court has been collected so far," she told reporters in Johannesburg.

"We have made good progress."

She said a task team, including herself, had been set up to focus on the case until its end.

"We are ready to go to court," Mosikili said.

107 witnesses

Pistorius's trial is expected to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court from 3 to 20 March.

His girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in his Pretoria home on 14 February 2013. At his bail hearing last year Pistorius submitted that he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

A total of 107 witnesses are expected to testify for the State. Among them are Pistorius's sister Aimee, his uncle Arnold, former police investigator Hilton Botha, and residents of the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria, where he lived.

Medical experts, a weather forecaster, paramedics, ballistic and forensic experts will also be called. Pistorius's former girlfriends, Melissa Rom and Samantha Taylor, will also testify.

Settlement

Last month, it was reported that Pistorius's lawyers had been negotiating a financial payment with representatives of Steenkamp's parents for nearly six months.

Both sides have reportedly declined to comment on the details, including the amount being considered, because of their sensitive nature. Steenkamp had apparently been helping her parents financially.

A 24-hour TV channel dedicated to the upcoming murder trial will reportedly be launched. "The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel" is expected to launch on 2 March, the day before the star athlete goes on trial.

Comments
  • Bheki Dladla - 2014-02-05 12:59

    Tjo i even forgot about this story coz so much has happened. So i guess we have to now RUN along with this one too.

      kalabafazi - 2014-02-05 15:07

      Why are the police "ready" and not, ready. To me "ready" could in actual fact mean not ready.

      nemesis - 2014-02-05 16:36

      He's Toast

  • Raymond Randall - 2014-02-05 13:03

    Should make great viewing on dstv ! My popcorn is made , beer is chilling , cant wait

      John Smith - 2014-02-05 13:19

      If you like repeats -yes. You going to see how he grew up 55 million times, his first gold medal 60 million times, his olympic rise 100 million times........ no thanks.

      Raymond Randall - 2014-02-05 13:37

      Hahahaha john u might be right !! DAMN will have to stock up on more beer

      John Smith - 2014-02-05 13:43

      Good idea - you'll probably end up on Supersport or Discovery or NatGeo anyway....

      thozi - 2014-02-05 14:08

      Do you think Dewani and Pistorius will exchange tips... despite the fact that they used different methods to slay their lovers?

  • KevinKing - 2014-02-05 13:06

    Somebody answer this: What effect would it have on crime in our country if the police and state put this much time and effort into every homicide and rape?

      Siyabonga Biyela - 2014-02-05 14:22

      They are swimming against the tide. There are way to many murders that occur every year in this country. The top investigators are reserved for priority cases like this one. For the rest, police just beat the suspect in the hope that he will confess

  • Rimmel Brimmel - 2014-02-05 13:08

    107 witnesses! Will these be character witnesses? Does anyone here with law experience have knowledge on how valid such a witness testimony is with regards to this case?

      Nolene Nelson - 2014-02-05 13:48

      Agreed, I'd like to know what the weather forecaster has to do with the trial. Was it cloudy and that made it too dark to see or was it a full moon and a clear night? Why is the weather man there

      nemesis - 2014-02-05 16:39

      its all about the wind factor, apparently the wind does not favor this murderer, as sound travels in a breeze and that night the breeze blew toward the witnesses who heard the fighting screams

  • Nico Minnaar - 2014-02-05 13:10

    its amazing how they have all the evidence against Oscar. but with big fraud cases with millions and millions of rands there is not enough evidence and 99% of people get away with it.

      Rocky Bell - 2014-02-05 13:42

      Indeed

      Thuso Songrey Rootsman - 2014-02-05 14:32

      Is there any crime far worse than murder? I guess not. $Millions can be replaced, not a human life.

      Fifi Stewart - 2014-02-05 15:37

      Yes Nico I agree. The media have also found him guilty already despite the trial not even having started yet. Give him a fair chance just like all others who go to trial for murder. He is innocent until found guilty,

      Andrew Baxter - 2014-02-05 22:39

      But Fifi - didn't he already admit to killing her? So the only question then (assuming we believe his version of the story) is whether it is murder or accident to shoot at someone who is behind a locked door in your house, without trying to establish who that someone is.

  • Willem Labuschagne - 2014-02-05 13:13

    Why so much effort? Where would he run to?

  • Baloyi Walter - 2014-02-05 13:17

    this is going to be the tough one

  • Kevin John Leak - 2014-02-05 13:18

    Oscar, your time is up. You alone know what you did.

      Kevin Levey - 2014-02-05 13:31

      You are mistaken, millions of people say they know exactly what happened that night.

      Mac Naidoo - 2014-02-05 13:32

      Will Oscar and Shrien Dewani share the same cell... Scums

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2014-02-05 13:22

    When were they ever 'ready'...

  • Piet Genade - 2014-02-05 13:24

    LOL, a plea agreement is already in place. Stop wasting tax payers' money

  • Gavin Schereka286 - 2014-02-05 13:28

    Crime will increase once this case begin. All the cops will be stationed at court and none left to fight crime, if they ever do.

  • Tawizee - 2014-02-05 13:36

    The same police that blundered in collecting evidence?

  • Wabsie Nomawabo Sitela - 2014-02-05 13:38

    This is going to be an interesting battle of great legal minds.

  • Sipho Simon Mogale - 2014-02-05 13:41

    So are his lawyers I hope justice be served

  • Hansie Crook - 2014-02-05 13:42

    Oscar will walk free, thanks to our incompetent cops.. Mr Botha and all of them.

  • KevinKing - 2014-02-05 13:42

    Let's do a poll, thumbs up for option A, thumbs down for option B: If Oscar is found not guilty of murder, it's because he is: A: Innocent B: White or has the biggest legal team

      Andries Gelderblom - 2014-02-05 16:11

      Colour is not the issue here.money is. White or black. It doesn't matter.if you have money you can buy anything. Or you can be a friend of zuma.that helps too. Definately not option A.

  • Laura Mostert - 2014-02-05 13:47

    Really 107 witnesses who are they trying to fool?? What is his sister and uncle going to say?? Sure he killed her??? Sound more like they don't have physical evidence because who of the 107 was present of these experts??

  • musal - 2014-02-05 13:48

    Dat still far

      Jack Salomane - 2014-02-05 14:55

      We have heared that before of the so called water tide cases,come court proceedings the case end up in favour of the accused, especially if it involve so many witnesses. The credibity of the so called witnesses will be tested to the core and that were Oscar attoneys will make impact.

  • Mfanelo Mgwigwi - 2014-02-05 13:48

    I fear for the cop that's gonna be cross examined by Barry Roux. He's one mean son of a ****. I like his work. On the other hand I want Oscar to suffer the consequences if he's found guilty.

  • Thabisa Shobi - 2014-02-05 13:49

    He`ll be sentenced & then he`ll b reported ill, not fit to stay in jail coz his medical doctor will say so & be on house arrest.Then he`ll b spotted jogging down the road weeks/months later.

      Anita Zondagh - 2014-02-05 14:15

      Well said Thabisa. This is the norm in this country!

      Philip Enslin - 2014-02-05 20:25

      Agree! But he propably does have the right "connections"! He "owns" a house in Ital, or the house is available whenever he needs it. So maybe he has connections with the Italian mafia!

  • Remo Bandini - 2014-02-05 13:55

    First Tiger Woods. Then Lance Armstrong. Then Oscar Pistorious. Surely it's time that NIKE told its athletes ……………. "DON'T DO IT" !

      John Smith - 2014-02-05 13:58

      LOL !!! True, and now they have Bafana Banana to deal with too...

      thozi - 2014-02-05 14:38

      Ja... except that Bafana Bafana kill soccer... Dimwits!

  • Travis Vermaak - 2014-02-05 14:03

    Finally. When will Nkandlagate be taken to court? Zuma must answer for his theft of tax money.

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2014-02-05 14:05

    Oscar will 'walk' free. . .

  • Tebelelo Mogotlwane - 2014-02-05 14:10

    107 witnesses? weather forecaster???what does weather got to do with this case now? Talk about wasting tax payers money

  • Simon Mosito - 2014-02-05 14:17

    Eish......sleepless nights for Oscar..........

  • Ken Amery - 2014-02-05 14:38

    HE IS GUILTY THAT IS WHY HE IS TRYING TO BUY OFF THE STEENKAMPS

  • Nico Minnaar - 2014-02-05 14:52

    millions can save lots of peoples lives that are dying of hunger and falling into pit toilets because people will not be shot dead because they wouldn't have to protest.

  • Faith Kaziwa Ka Seti - 2014-02-05 14:56

    107 witnesses,really now! Sisters, fathers, exgirlfriend, neighbours. What for? They might as well call me.

  • Carla Smith - 2014-02-05 14:57

    SANRAL must be licking their lips, a couple weeks of distraction.

  • sihlenyamezela.motaung - 2014-02-05 15:42

    Baba ubulele nje wena Hamba njele if wenze Njalo nje

  • Henk Venter - 2014-02-05 15:47

    107 getuies? Die staat het nie bewyse teen PIstorius nie en maak nou staat op omstandigheids en karakter getuienis!!

  • Modisane Dan - 2014-02-05 16:23

    Schedule 6 offence. he is in a hell of a marathon far much more than the ones he ran before.

  • Rendani Nemavhidi - 2014-02-05 16:24

    We shall see if the police are ready when the defense starts cross examine them.

  • Rendani Nemavhidi - 2014-02-05 16:43

    All boxers are well prepared for the fight until their opponent lands two or three good killer punches.

  • Joey Bones - 2014-02-05 17:14

    and the oscar .... goes to ..... JAIL

  • joe.todani - 2014-02-05 18:31

    Not too sure about police readiness.. That Barry Roux is Too Good for them

  • hlonib - 2014-02-05 21:07

    Beer and popcorn don't go that well together. Popcorn, Astros and a sweet drink do ??

  • Sean Goldie - 2014-02-05 21:37

    He had a massive orgy that night with the 107 witnesses being witness to his dirty deed.....cops are pathetic...

  • Wilma Renney Botts - 2014-02-05 22:04

    Ladies and gentlemen let the arm chair know Al' Well now let all the arm chair know alls consider their verdict before the trail begins all studied Law went in the front door and out the back door right thru varsity. Please let justice take its use and stop playing with other people misfortunes

  • Fifi Stewart - 2014-02-06 11:14

    Yes Andrew he did but it is now up to the state to prove that he murdered her and not ours. He admitted it was a terrible mistake who are we to say it is not true? If he is guilty he will pay the price.

  • Paul Els - 2014-02-06 15:17

    GUILTY!!!! But watch this space, he will walk free....unfortunately. The night the incident occurred, he did absolutely nothing that the reasonable man would have done. No due diligence, but money and corruption is his ticket to freedom im guessing in advance.

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