17 April 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week Six, Day Four

Photo: Werner Beukes/SAPA
Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius in court (file photo).

It's the 25th day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, but also the last day that court will be in session for roughly two weeks. As of Friday, court will be in recess until Monday 5th May.

Up on the stand first thing today we'll see the return of forensic geologist Roger Dixon, who was the subject of an extremely tough grilling by prosecutor Gerrie Nel yesterday for giving evidence which may have been outside the boundaries of his formal expertise.

09.00 One hopes that witness Roger Dixon is taking home a hefty pay cheque for his service for Oscar Pistorius's defence team. Dixon consented to having his face broadcast while giving evidence, which means that people all around the world have seen the forensic geologist's credibility and expertise fiercely challenged by Gerrie Nel.

During his testimony he rapidly became the target of social media mockery, and at least one South African newspaper - The Citizen - ran a front-page photograph of Dixon this morning. Given the intensity of the media spotlight on the trial, there's nowhere to hide. As we've said before: who'd be a witness in the Pistorius trial?

When Dixon initially took the stand ...

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