Oscar Pistorius escorted into court
Murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius was escorted into court room GD of the High Court in Pretoria by several police officers on Monday morning.
FILE PICTURE: Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius enters the dock ahead of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, Wednesday, 5 March 2014. Pistorius is on trial for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his suburban Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year. He says he mistook her for an intruder. Picture: Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool
A throng of journalists was already waiting outside the room at 8.45am, for the start of proceedings at 9.30am.
“Now the world waits to hear from Pistorius himself,” an American television journalist boomed as he and a cameraman rehearsed his report outside the court room.
In the past few weeks, Pistorius entered the court alone through a side entrance once the public and journalists were already seated.
Pistorius is expected to testify in his defence this week, to explain how, according to him, he accidentally shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the locked toilet door of his home on February 14 last year.
Pistorius has been charged with the murder of Steenkamp and contraventions of the Firearms Control Act. He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013. On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.