Court cuts proceedings after witness’s face shown

2014-03-04 10:06
People walk outside the North Gauteng High Court ahead of the Oscar Pistorius trial. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

People walk outside the North Gauteng High Court ahead of the Oscar Pistorius trial. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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Pretoria - Proceedings at the Oscar Pistorius trial were abruptly cut at the North Gauteng High Court when the prosecution discovered that a still photo of witness, Michelle Burger’s, face was being shown on television.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux was cross-examining Burger when prosecutor Gerrie Nel stopped him and said he had just discovered that a still photo of Burger’s face was being shown on broadcast television.

As Nel was telling this to the court, news channel eNCA was showing a still photo of a smiling Burger.  

Minutes after, eNCA tweeted the following: “NOTE: 'We have not shown any footage of Michelle Burger in court...' - Patrick Conroy, Head of News, eNCA.”

“We used a still picture from the University website - also carried in daily newspapers,” Conroy also said.
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