Oscar outfoxes waiting journalists

2014-03-03 10:38
Oscar Pistorius arrives in the North Gauteng High Court. (Marco Longari, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius arrives in the North Gauteng High Court. (Marco Longari, AFP)

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Pretoria - The media were outfoxed and left confused in the rain on Monday morning as they missed the arrival of Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday morning.

Many braved the light drizzle as they waited for the paralympian to arrive. Media focused on the side entrance where his brother Carl and sister Aimee arrived.

However, Oscar, flanked by six men strolled into court as many had their backs turned to the main entrance.

An onlooker shouted, "it's Oscar" and the media turned around and saw his entourage enter.

Pistorius passed the security check and looked back and shook his head as cameramen and woman ran after him. One of the men with Pistorius laughed at the media.

A cameraman said: "I can't believe he duped us all. We were waiting like idiots in the rain."

Two security guards inside court at the entrance laughed at the media and said "you missed him" Media were stopped by security guards and told they had to go through the scanners.

Inside court

Meanwhile, inside the court, journalists were asked not to speak to the judge or the prosecution teams.

Lulama Luti, spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Justice, told media not to speak to them and ordered reporters not to take pictures of the courtroom with cellphones or tablets.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Nathi Ncube, addressing media in the public gallery, said they would not discuss the merits of the case.

Pistorius, 27, is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home last year. He faces charges of premeditated murder and contravening the Firearms Control Act in a trial which is expected to last at least three weeks.

June Steenkamp, mother of Reeva, glanced over at the Pistorius family when they walked into the courtroom.

The proceedings in the wood-panelled courtroom will be broadcast live on television and radio, with the initial indictment listing 107 witnesses to testify for the State.

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