Pistorius trial, day two, underway

2014-03-04 09:38
Oscar Pistorius (Themba Hadebe, AP, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius (Themba Hadebe, AP, Pool)

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Pretoria - Proceedings are underway on Tuesday at court GD of the North Gauteng High Court where Oscar Pistorius is charged with murder.

Pistorius entered the court surrounded by bodyguards and police officers as photographers clambered to get a picture of the Paralympian.

He was carrying a blue umbrella and a laptop bag, and wore a black suit and dark tie.

Pistorius entered the dock and began speaking to a police officer.

He then turned around and briefly spoke to his family who sat in the gallery behind him.

Pistorius's lawyer Brian Webber was also seen in court.

Investigating officers Captains Mike van Aardt and Francois Moller slipped into courtroom GD.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, and contraventions under the Firearms Control Act, including possession of ammunition without a licence. He claims he mistook Steenkamp for a burglar.

The first witness, Michelle Burger, took the stand on Monday and testified that she heard a woman's "blood-curdling" screams coming from his house on the night of the shooting.

Cross-examination of Burger was due to continue on Tuesday at 09:30.

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

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