Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

7 July 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week 11, Day One

Photo: Phill Magakoe/Sapa
Star sprinter Oscar Pistorius is seen at the High Court in Pretoria.

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It's the 38th day of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, and it may be an interesting one. On Sunday, Australian broadcaster The Seven Network aired footage of Pistorius re-enacting his movements on the night of Reeva Steenkamp's shooting, aided by sister Aimee. Pistorius's legal team has described the broadcast as a "staggering breach of trust", while the TV network denies that the footage was obtained illegally. Which legal team will be out of the starting blocks first on this matter - or will Judge Masipa pre-empt any mention of it at all?

09.00 Good morning, trial-watchers. Not much that is Pistorius trial-related normally happens on a weekend, but this one was an exception, due to the actions of the Australian broadcaster which aired the footage that has everyone talking. In it, the athlete can be seen on his stumps with his hand stretched out in front of him as if holding a weapon, while he moved across a room in his Uncle Arnold Pistorius's house. Sister Aimee Pistorius stands in for Reeva Steenkamp, posing immobile while Pistorius lifts her up and carries her downstairs.

Channel 7 aired the footage as part of an hour-long programme which also...

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