Pistorius trial, Day 11 - as it happened

2014-03-17 09:02
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Oscar Pistorius in court - day 11

It's day 11 of Oscar Pistorius's trial in the North Gauteng High Court. See pictures from the courtroom.

Get the latest details from day 11 of the murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. Get Friday's updates here

15:30 - Here endeth today's updates. We'll be back at 09:00 tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. 

15:25 - 

15:23 - The question of Oscar Pistorius’s guilt or innocence for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp is something that has taken up the public in a great way, writes News24's Sipho Hlongwane.

One can scarcely go anywhere without the question being asked.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is still some way away from making up her mind, but we must present a case for or against the athlete’s innocence!

Perhaps it says something about the people’s deep misunderstanding of murder trial and criminal procedure.

15:16 - 

15:08 - OP's gun invoice to the value of R52 500 shown in court earlier today:

15:07 - 

15:03 -  DStv Mobile subscribers can watch The Oscar Pistorius Trial – A Carte Blanche Channel on the move via a Drifta or Walka or stream it on a 3G device in Zambia, Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya - http://bit.ly/1lw45s1

15:01 - Court adjourns back at 09:30 tomorrow

15:00 - 

14:58 - VS asked to confirm and provide details of the sequence in which he proceeded to take the photographs.

14:55 - Roux again asks how many pic of OP were taken. VS says four were taken and later more photos of the prosthetic legs.

14:52 - VS started taking pic outside the house. Roux asks how the the photos are selected. VS says it is up to him which photos are used in the album - chosen so as to best reconstruct the scene.

14:49 - Roux asks VS if he can have access to the PR tests as well as the flash disc with the photos. VS agrees that it would be possible to procure it and will bring it to court tomorrow.

14:45 - Roux: how do you ultimately know what is on the hand? and why did you only use one kit. VS used one kit for the hand and forearm and used separate kits for each arm. Roux presses VS on how long the process took - moments, seconds.

14:43 - Roux getting into the nitty-gritty of how the test is performed...Judge Masipa needs further explanation.

14:41 - VS conducted a primary residue test on OP...explaining to the court which procedure he follows at Roux's behest.

14:40 - Roux stresses the fact that the police gave OP permission to wash his hands.

14:38 - VS asked OP if he had washed his hands to which OP responded 'yes'

14:36 - Botha showed VS around the scene so that he could orientate himself. He then proceeded to OP who he found in the garage. VS described his state as "emotional..in a crying state"


14:30 - Roux: what time did you arrive at the scene? VS: 04:50. 

14:30 - Roux requests camera meter data, Nel objects

14:29 - VS took nine photos of OP

14:28 - Court resumes

14:27 - 

14:11 - DAY 11 - Lunch report

Correspondent Sipho Hlongwane speaks about day 11 proceedings so far of Oscar Pistorius's trial in the North Gauteng High Court. Watch.

14:07 - Day 11 of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has commenced. Watch daily highlights packages from the first two weeks of the trial in the oscartrial.com gallery - http://bit.ly/1g4VKYz

14:03 - Court adjourns to check how many photos he took of OP

14:02 - 

14:00 - Roux: how many photos did you take of Mr Pistorius? VS: I'll have to check

13:58 - Roux: were you on your own when you took the photos? VS: yes, later in the day I was joined by other officers.

13:57 - Barry Roux starts cross examination of VS

13:56 - Nel: How did you prepare the house before you left every night? VS: we closed all the curtains and turned off all the lights.

13:55 - VS: the accused sister and a friend collected clothes for OP - I accompanied them...they did not go into the bathroom.

13:53 - When VS came across OP in the garage he was standing with his brother Carl.

13:52 - Crime scene photographer Barend van Staden still on the witness stand.

13:51 - Court back in session

13:41 - DStv Premium, Extra, Compact and Compact Plus subscribers, start Week 3 of the Oscar Pistorius Trial with expert analysis on Channel 199 and online at oscartrial.com - http://bit.ly/1gOFbOA

13:37 - Barry Roux, the lawyer defending Oscar Pistorius in his murder trial, has become a viral sensation.

The seasoned courtroom performer is quickly gaining online popularity thanks to his particular way of speaking and his now famous "I put it to you" catch phrase.

Channel24 has compiled a few of the memes doing the rounds...Read more.

13:30 - See all the latest pictures from this morning court proceedings here.

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. (Siphiwe Sibeko, AFP)

13:26 - Oscar Pistorius's murder trial became a recital of numbers as a police photographer, Barend van Staden, testified in the North Gauteng High Court.

Warrant Officer Barend van Staden told prosecutor Gerrie Nel at exactly what times he took photos showing a trail of blood spatters leading through Pistorius's home.

Pistorius is charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Steenkamp. He shot her through the closed door of his toilet, apparently believing she was an intruder.

Nel read out the number of each photo, which was displayed on screens around the court, and Van Staden replied with the time it was taken...Read more

 13:16 -

12:39 - Court adjourns for an early lunch

12:35 - Nel going through the dates when VS visited the scene...VS also took the photos at Tasha's restaurant.

12:31 - Photos of a downstairs lounge window. VS: there was no broken glass at the crime scene.

12:27 - VS explains who was present when OP's safe was opened. Photos of the safe and its contents being shown - box of .38 ammunition. Nel: who took the safe's contents? VS: OP's brother [Carl] who handed it to advocate Oldwage.

12:24 -

12:22 - Nel asks whether some photos were taken and added by ballistics expert captain Mangena. VS:correct

12:21 - 

12:20 - Album 5 [blood spatter] is being examined.

12:17 -

12:15 - Nel again confirms with VS that he moved items.

12:13 - 

12:06 - VS placed police cones around to make evidence more visible.

12:04 - After looking at album 2... Nel: so you moved the items on the scene. VS: yes

12:03 - VS did not consult anybody on how to compile the album.

11:59 - Nel: why did you compile your album in this way? VS: just to show the sequence in which things happens...to show photos from one room together.

11:56 - Graphic photos of the bathroom are shown to the court. Bloodied walls and pools of blood on the floor. Next photo shows the bloodied toiled seat. Subsequent photos show bullet holes and bullet fragments.

11:55 - Barry Roux, defense attorney for Oscar Pistorius, sits inside court in Pretoria. (Daniel Born, AP)

11:54 - Pictures of cellphones shown. VS says warrant officer Botha took the cellphones.

11:51 - Photos showing an English Willow Lazer cricket bat with signatures and blood stains.

11:49 - VS picked up bloody towels in the bathroom.

11:43 -Graphic photos showing bone fragment lying on a piece of wood. Bloody clothing. Hair strands with blood spatter...

11:41 - Photographs of the bathroom as well as times continue to be presented to the court.

11:40 - Court resumes

11:16 - Court adjourns for tea

11:14 - Questions being raised on why there was blood splatters on the bedroom wall:

11:13 - In addition to taking photos VS has confirmed that he also measured the house.

11:08 - Photograph showing blood splatter on the wall. Nel: which wall is that? VS: that's the wall behind the left bedside.

11:06 - VS opened a duvet cover to investigate if there was more blood splatter.

11:05 -

11:03 - Photo showing gun magazine and holster laid on the bed found in the bedside drawer.
11:01 -

10:58 - A deleted tweet by OP after going 'code red' over his washing machine:

10:55 - Photo showing OP's bedroom door with an apparent bullet hole is examined.

10:52 - VS reading the times of all the photos

10:50 - Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. (Siphiwe Sibeko, AFP)

10:46 - After finishing photographs VS says he started his investigation.

10:44 - Nel asks VS about a photo he took of Reeva's black vest. Nel: what were you trying to depict in that photo? VS: the bullet hole.
10:42 - Photography goes through photos of Reeva which is not shown to courtroom on screens.
10:40 -

10:38 - Court sees photos of the inside of OP's house including a couch with blood splatters and stains.
10:37 - Court is shown photos of OP's blood-splattered prosthetic legs and bare chest.
10:34 - VS asked Op whether he had washed his hands. OP said yes. VS still proceeded to do tests for gunshot residue.
10:32 - An admin clerk gets a 'master copy' and VS got a 'working copy'.
10:30 - VS explains what happens when the memory card is full and what the process is for storage.
10:29 - Nel asking questions about camera meter data - time, date etc. Nel: did you delete any photos. VS: No.
10:28 - VS: I requested warrant officer Botha to clear the scene of all people and thereafter started taking photos.
10:26 - Nel asks VS what kind of equipment he was using. VS: Canon 550D.
10:24 - VS: as stand-by photographer I was contacted to come to the scene.
10:21 - Van Staden says he has 21yrs experience in the SAPS, 8yrs as a crime scene photographer.

10:19 - Warrant officer Van Staden is called to the stand - he is the crime scene photographer.

10:18 - Rens is excused
10:16 - Rens says there is no relationship.
10:14 - BR is trying to understand if there is a relationship been gun collecting and recklessness.
10:12 - Advocate Barry Roux asks Rens about 'black talon'. Rens: it is less lethal ammunition with regards to self-defense.

10:07 - On Day 10 of the Oscar Pistorius Trial, Col Schoombie Van Rensburg was cross examined by Roux, watch the highlight clip and more from week two, before we go into week three of the trial. Click here

10:02 - Rens recounts an incident which OP related of when he suspected a burglar and went into "what we call Code Red mode". It turned out to be the tumble drier.

9:58 - Rens saw OP 10-12 times during this times. GN: what would you do? Rens: Shoot

9:54 - GN refers Rens to the knowledge of firearms control act "No person may possess ammunition unless he or she has a licence for ammunition of that calibre..."

9:51 - According to Pistorius' responses to the questionnaire he seemed well versed in gun competancy.
9:47 - Rens reading questions from the questionnaire including how you would react if two men approach and enter a house - Can you discharge a firearm at this point?

9:46 - OP filled in a gun competency questionnaire but the certificates were never completed.
9:42 - State advocate Gerrie Nel takes Rens through an invoice of his business with Pistorius. The list of 7 weapons includes a semi-automatic assault rifle, a pump-action shot gun, a pistol grip shot gun, and 38 special revolver.

9:39 - Reporter Charl du Plessis tweets that sometimes the S&W 500 is referred to as a 'hand cannon'.

9:37 - According to Rens Pistorius 'bought a number of firearms' through him.

9:34 - Rens says he is a firearm service provider. Pistorius asked him to help procure a Smith & Wesson 500.
9:32 - Witness Sean Patrick Rens takes the stand.
9:32 - Court back in session
9:18 - Oscar Pistorius's sister Aimee chats to Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. (Siphiwe Sibeko, AFP)

9:16 - "Members of the ANC Women's League are also back in court. They've taken seats next to June Steenkamp," tweets Nadia Romanos. 
9:14 - 

9:08 - 

8:54“Just a nod from Reeva's mom June as Oscar greeted her,” tweets reporter Aldrin Sampear.

8:24 - Watch highlights of day 10 of the Pistorius trial here:

Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  thokozile masipa  |  crime  |  pistorius trial

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