AS IT HAPPENED - Reeva's mom rejected 'blood money' from Pistorius

2014-10-14 13:04

Oscar Pistorius wants to set up a fund to provide financial support to Reeva Steenkamp's family, a reporter at the North Gauteng High Court has tweeted.


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14 Oct 15:37
That's it for today's updates. We'll be back tomorrow at 09:30.

14 Oct 15:22

There are fears for Pistorius's safety. "Arnold Pistorius has asked police to escort Oscar saying concerned about presence of Schultz et al. Says to me 'we are worried for Oscar'," tweets Mandy Wiener.

Pistorius made a quiet entrance into the court this morning, without his entourage of bodyguards.

14 Oct 15:09

The Steenkamps' lawyer Dup de Bruyn is in deep conversation with Barry Roux, say reporters at court.

14 Oct 15:03

The Oscar Trial Channel tweets: "Steenkamp family advocate confirms that he negotiated R6 000 a month for them (from Pistorius). Pistorius wanted to keep payments a secret, Steenkamps thought it was only fair to make it public.

"The last payment was last month, but now they're in a position to repay it.

"The Steenkamps don't want any money and there will be no civil case - they want closure."

14 Oct 14:55
Court adjourns for the day. Back at 09:30 tomorrow (Wednesday).

14 Oct 14:54
Nel: what charges are you talking about? AV clarifies it's the professional fees psychologists would charge.

14 Oct 14:51
Nel asks what 'rehabilitation' AV referred to - she says his physical rehab and psychological treatment.

14 Oct 14:50
Vergeer: No one is saying he should not be sentenced but there are circumstances that will differentiate him from any other person.

14 Oct 14:48
Vergeer: If they take his legs away, irrespective of what we say will or won't happen, the accused cannot stand up for himself.

14 Oct 14:48
AV adamant that correctional services cannot assure Oscar Pistorius'a safety in jail.

14 Oct 14:47
Nel challenges AV's evidence on prison conditions. Roux objects to Nel's statement that her evidence is' just wrong'.

14 Oct 14:45
Nel says AV recommended a community based sentence for Jub Jub. She says she can't remember.

14 Oct 14:44
Nel warns witness "I'm not going away".

14 Oct 14:43
Nel brings up AV's report that Jub Jub get correctional supervision.

14 Oct 14:38
AV says she would consider the merit of each case.

14 Oct 14:37

Nel: Even if OP were convicted of murder, because of the conditions in prison, you would have said he shouldn't go to prison?

AV: Each and every person is different. Says she would have asked court to look at the individual.

14 Oct 14:35
AV says all that OP can do is run, he doesn't have qualifications (he only has a Grade 10)... he cannot say what he will do after the trial.

14 Oct 14:34
Nel wants to know why AV didn’t enquire about the specifics of what OP would do.

14 Oct 14:33
AV says she asked OP what he would do if not imprisoned, he said “he would look at the options available”.

14 Oct 14:31
AV says it would have been arrogant of her to state what OP future career possibilities were, pending his sentence.

14 Oct 14:31
AV giggles again. It sounds like a nervous giggle.

14 Oct 14:28
AV says provision is made for an accused to get a job and in this case it would be no different.

14 Oct 14:27
Nel says in other reports AV has made much of the fact that the accused must have a job to get correctional supervision.

14 Oct 14:27
Nel: In a normal case, forget OP, if an accused didn’t have a job, would that bother you?

14 Oct 14:25
Nel: "The only prison you've ever been into is Krugersdorp prison?" AV: "That is correct."

14 Oct 14:24
The EFF's leader has a thought about Nel...

14 Oct 14:22
Nel asks AV how she knows that prisons are overcrowded. She says prisoners have told her.

14 Oct 14:21

Nel now hounding AV for laughing. "Why would you laugh?"

AV is angry, says he attacks people on the witness stand, defends her behaviour. She says she didn't mean to offend the court and apologises.

14 Oct 14:19
You spoke about global, open cells...there's a difference between that and a single cell - Nel

14 Oct 14:16
AV: Why would you come to court and say no prison would be able accommodate the accused?

14 Oct 14:16
Nel suggests that conditions in hospital section of jails totally different.

14 Oct 14:15
Nel suggested OP paid R6 000 every month to Reeva's parents.

14 Oct 14:15
Vergeer: I go to various prisons... I've been to numerous prisons.

14 Oct 14:13
AV confirms she last had access to conduct groups at Johannesburg Prison ten years ago.

14 Oct 14:12
AV says she didn't discuss with Pistorius where he'd be getting money from.

14 Oct 14:10
Nel questions AV about her claim that OP has no money - then how was he paying Reeva parents?

14 Oct 14:08
Nel: I can put on record that the monthly payments will be paid back to the accused in full.

14 Oct 14:07
AV also says she was told that there would be no further legal action from the Steenkamps.

14 Oct 14:05
June Steenkamp said she didnt want 'blood money', says Nel'.

14 Oct 14:05
AV says in her report Pistorius sold his last asset, a car for R350k, and offered it to the Steenkamps.

14 Oct 14:04

Court back on.

"Reeva's cousin Kim was seen shaking her head vigorously when Vergeer announced" that OP had been paying the Steenkamps monthly, tweets Alex Crawford.

14 Oct 13:30
Reporter Nastasya Tay says she has received confirmation that Pistorius wants to set up a fund to financially support the Steenkamps.

14 Oct 13:22

14 Oct 13:05

14 Oct 13:00
Court adjourns for lunch.

14 Oct 12:58
AV appears to have confused stats on awaiting trial and sentenced prisoners. Nel asks where she got info, she says from the internet.

14 Oct 12:55
Nel: "You're not comparing apples with apples." You're looking at the total prison population. We're dealing with sentenced prisoners.

14 Oct 12:51
AV scoffs at Nel's suggestion that a court order be made instructing his prosthetic legs are not taken away in jail.

14 Oct 12:50
AV snaps back at Nel: "I will explain to the court if the advocate will allow me..."

14 Oct 12:49
AV: Is not saying that disabled people should not go to prison, rather that it is more difficult for such people.

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