Oscar judge warns media — again
Judge Thokozile Masipa again warned journalists to behave in the High Court in Pretoria during Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.
FILE PHOTO: Journalists work during a break in proceedings in the murder trial of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Kim Ludbrook/Pool
On Friday however, she went a step further and said any transgressors would be removed from court.
“You should know better. From now on you will be forcefully removed from this court and you will not be given an opportunity to come back, either to this court or to the overflow room.”
As she spoke the clickety-clack of laptop keyboards rose from the gallery as journalists wrote down her words.
Muttering from the public gallery, a laptop suddenly chattering while a witness was testifying, a media house’s use of a witness’s photo, and the use of a flashlight in court have all tested Masipa’s patience this week.
Testimony of the State witness, radiologist Johan Stipp, continued after Masipa’s warning.
Stipp’s home, in the Silver Woods Country Estate, Pretoria, is near Pistorius’s. He testified that he woke up around 3am on February 14 last year to what sounded like gunshots, then heard a woman screaming and then three more “bangs”.
Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.
He is also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, and two counts of discharging a firearm in public.
He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.
In September 2010 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.