Pistorius in court for start of trial

2014-03-03 10:20
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Oscar Pistorius arrives in court

See pictures as Oscar Pistorius arrives in court to go on trial for the killing of Reeva Steenkamp.

Pretoria - Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius entered court GD at the North Gauteng High Court on Monday morning, to face trial for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

He was ushered into the court through a side entrance and took a cushion as he sat down in the dock. He was wearing a grey suit, took a sip of water and shrugged his shoulders.

He leaned forward and spoke to one of the members of his defence team sitting in front of him.

Pistorius is accused of the premeditated murder of Steenkamp.

His lawyers will argue that he mistook her for an intruder when he shot her through a bathroom door.

June Steenkamp, Reeva's mother, just looked at him briefly, showing no emotion. Pistorius avoided looking at the public gallery, where she was sitting. He whispered something in the ear of his lawyer Barry Roux.

A police officer removed his cap and shook hands with the accused.

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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