Pistorius more relaxed, taking notes

2014-03-04 12:03
Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

Oscar Pistorius is seen in the North Gauteng High Court. (Photo24)

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Pretoria - Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius looked more relaxed at his trial in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday, taking notes as a witness testified.

On Monday, the first day of the trial, he kept his back to the public gallery and hardly ever looked around.

On Tuesday, he sat sideways, at one point looking towards where his victim Reeva Steenkamp's mother June sat on Monday, one row behind him and to his right.

June Steenkamp was not in court on Tuesday.

As witness Michelle Burger replied to questions on the sequence of screams and gunshots she heard the night Steenkamp was murdered, Pistorius listened attentively.

As Burger told Barry Roux, SC, for Pistorius, that she heard how "the gentleman called for help", the paralympian took notes.

A few moments later, he passed a folded piece of paper to a member of his legal team, who in turn passed it forward to Kenny Oldwadge, SC.

A few minutes later, Oldwadge interrupted Roux's questioning of Burger to whisper in his ear. Roux asked for a short break and court was adjourned shortly before 11:00.

Pistorius stayed in court and stood up, taking more notes.

The State will try to prove that Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he shot and killed Steenkamp through a bathroom door in his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

In addition he is charged with premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

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