Roux makes barb at Nel, laughter in court

2014-10-16 13:21
Oscar Pistorius defence advocate Barry Roux. (File, AFP)

Oscar Pistorius defence advocate Barry Roux. (File, AFP)

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Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux made a barbed comment at prosecutor Gerry Nel during sentencing proceedings for the Paralympian in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Nel was addressing acting national correctional services commissioner Zach Modise about prison conditions when Roux got to his feet.

"I think Mr Nel must just take the oath because he's giving evidence," Roux snapped. He sat down just as quickly as he had leapt up, leaned back in his chair, propped one foot on his thigh, and looked irritated.

There were "oooohs" and ripples of laughter from the public gallery. Nel, who had sat down, got up again.

"My Lady, I don't find that funny. I could make the same sarcastic remark but I decided not to."

Roux's comment was made while Nel was re-examining Modise.

"Like in every department in the country you have people that don't follow the rules," Nel told Modise.

"Like in any organisation in this country you have people that don't follow the rules," he added.

"But you deal with that?" Nel asked.

"That is correct," Modise replied. This prompted Roux's sarcasm.

Shortly after the exchange Modise was excused from the stand.

"We will be ready to finalise argument tomorrow, whatever happens," Nel told Judge Thokozile Masipa.

Court was adjourned to 14:00.

On 12 September Masipa found Pistorius guilty of the culpable homicide of model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, but not guilty of her murder.

Pistorius had claimed he thought there was a burglar in his toilet when he fired four shots through the locked door in the early hours of 14 February last year, killing Steenkamp.

Masipa found Pistorius guilty of discharging a firearm in public, when he shot from his friend Darren Fresco's Glock pistol under a table at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, in January 2013.

Pistorius was found not guilty on two firearms-related charges - illegal possession of ammunition, and shooting through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein on 30 September 2012.

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

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