Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

4 March 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Day Two

The first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial testified Monday to hearing "blood-curdling" screams from a woman before she heard four gunshots ... ( Resource: Pistorius Trial: Witness Heard Screams, Then Shots

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The second day of the Oscar Pistorius trial dawned wet and wild in Pretoria. REBECCA DAVIS is there trying to stay dry enough to bring you updates from the proceedings at the North Gauteng High Court.

8.15 Send lifeboats to Pretoria Central. We are a soggy bunch here. The rain is coming down in buckets and the streets are awash with water. One journalist grimly wrung out sodden socks in the lobby of the court as we awaited entry to courtroom GD. We now know who one of the major winners from the Pistorius trial will be: a tent run by the Dros restaurant chain opposite the courthouse, which yesterday sold over 400 cups of coffee to sodden journalists.

If things run according to schedule, and we don't see a re-play of yesterday's translation dramas, we should be kicking off in court at 09h30. We expect to begin with a continuation of the cross-examination of the state's first witness, Michelle Burger, who yesterday delivered some compelling testimony as to having heard what she believed was a woman screaming prior to four gunshots. One of the next witnesses is expected to be Burger's husband, who may have had an uneasy night's...

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