6 May 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week Seven, Day Two

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


The Oscar Pistorius murder trial is back, just when we had all managed to re-focus on matters like deciding who to vote for (and not Gerrie Nel or Barry Roux). Today is the 27th day of the trial in a week which will be broken up by South Africa's general elections on Wednesday. REBECCA DAVIS is keeping an eye on matters, and trying to remember who's who.

09.00 Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's back to the Pistorius trial we go. Yesterday matters kicked off again while I was pleasantly otherwise engaged, but the Daily Maverick's Greg Nicolson was on hand to fill you in. The defence called estate neighbour Johan Stander to the stand, who was the first person on the crime scene after being phoned by Pistorius, and who arrived with his daughter Clarice Viljoen. Viljoen was the defence's second witness of the day. Both testified to Pistorius's shock and distress after the shooting, and his commitment to rescuscitating Steenkamp, while the state's Gerrie Nel attempted to cast doubt on the objectivity of testimony given that Stander was a friend of Pistorius's.

Today we're expecting to see new witnesses up for the defence who may include close neighbours of...

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