Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

10 March 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Day 6

Oscar Pistorius left court on Friday on the day one of his ex-girlfriends testified that the Paralympian star sprinter often carried a gun with him ... ( Resource: Pistorius Trial Grips South Africa

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It's Day One of Week Two of the Pistorius Industrial Complex. We hope you made the most of a relaxing weekend without any trial updates, because the madness is all about to kick off again. REBECCA DAVIS is hangin' in there.

09h00. Welcome back to the North Gauteng High Court. A number of the international journalists who were glued to these benches last week appear to have flown the coop. It's likely that some editors felt being in situ for the first week would suffice for now, though expect to see the press gallery swell again when Pistorius himself testifies, and - of course - when Judge Masipa hands down her verdict. We're now hearing rumours that the trial looks set to run for around five weeks rather than the scheduled three, but who knows.

(You can expect the court functionaries to be treating the media a little more frostily this week, by the way, after a court official was reportedly fired for giving a TV interview on Friday.)

So what's in store today? We should be starting today's testimony with the resumption of the cross-examination of estate security guard Pieter Baba, who testified on Friday that Pistorius had told...

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