Judge delivers stern warning to media

2014-03-07 10:13
Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court for the fifth day of his murder trial. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court for the fifth day of his murder trial. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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Pretoria - Judge Thokozile Masipa has again warned journalists to behave in the North Gauteng High Court during Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.

On Friday however, she went a step further and said any transgressors would be removed from court.

"You should know better. From now on you will be forcefully removed from this court and you will not be given an opportunity to come back, either to this court or to the overflow room."

As she spoke, the clickety-clack of laptop keyboards rose from the gallery as journalists wrote down her words.

Masipa's patience has been tested by muttering from the public gallery, a laptop suddenly chattering while a witness was testifying, a media house's use of a witness's photo, and the use of a flashlight in court.


The fifth day of the trial of trial got under way at around 09:30 with the cross-examination of the sixth witness, radiologist Johan Stipp.

Pistorius's attorney Barry Roux started by asking Stipp not to tailor his evidence to fit the State's case.

Pistorius, 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, and to contraventions under the Firearms Control Act.

Stipp was the first doctor to arrive at the crime scene and testified on Thursday that the athlete was so emotional he feared he would turn the gun on himself.

"I was afraid Oscar would hurt himself," Stipp told the court.

Stipp, a neighbour of Pistorius's in the Silver Woods security estate, said he was woken by gunshots and screams. After alerting security, he went to see if anybody needed medical help.

He found Pistorius kneeling next to his dying girlfriend, with one hand on a bullet wound in her thigh and the other in her mouth, trying in vain to help her to breathe.

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  thokozile masipa  |  media  |  pistorius trial

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