16 April 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week Six, Day Three

Photo: Marco Longari/Sapa
South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius cries in court (file photo).


Pistorius is off the stand. This is no doubt a huge relief to the murder-accused athlete, but it will likely render the rest of the week's proceedings - which may be short, given prosecutor Gerrie Nel's application for a postponement - much less dramatic. But as we know, the testimony by other defence witnesses is also extremely significant: Judge Thokozile Masipa will be taking into account the full picture of the evidence, and not just Pistorius's words on the stand.

09.00 This morning the court will hear whether Judge Masipa will assent to the state's application for a trial postponement until May 5th, due to both personal and professional responsibilities intervening on the part of the lawyers involved.

Oscar Pistorius may have had a better night's sleep last night, knowing that his time giving evidence is officially at an end. We concluded yesterday's proceedings with the testimony of forensic expert Roger Dixon on a range of aspects to the crime scene, and Dixon will be back up again this morning.

Constitutional Law professor Pierre de Vos tweeted earlier that a judgment has just been reached in another case involving putative self defence. Assuming that Pistorius's defence is still putative self...

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