Drama, sensation expected in SA courts

Courtrooms across South Africa are expected to be filled with sensation and drama this year as the details of some of the most talked about police investigations begin to unfold. In addition, one of the most watched criminal trials internationally – that of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius – will make its way to the highest court in the country, which will have the last say on whether his murder conviction will stand.

Oscar struggles against relentless Nel

“Mr Pistorius, what did you think would happen if you fired through the door?” asked state prosecutor, Gerrie Nel. “I didn’t have time to think,” responded Oscar Pistorius, in the kind of question and answer session that continued throughout the afternoon. Pistorius would at first say he didn’t understand, then Nel would put a new version to the athlete, followed by the athlete’s swift denial. This happened throughout the day.

Pistorius breaks down as pathologist describes Reeva’s wounds

Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius cried in the dock on Monday as pathologist Gert Saayman described the head wounds of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius sat in the dock with his head bowed and his hands laced behind his neck. He was shaking as Saayman described how a bullet entered Steenkamp’s head in the right upper part, and ran under the skull before it exited from a second wound in the head.

NPA denies leaking Pistorius trial documents

The National Prosecuting Authority says its unaware of how leaked documents on Oscar Pistorius’s trial have landed in the hands of media houses. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Friday denied leaking documents on Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial. “We cannot make comments on something that we don’t know, how it was leaked,” said NPA spokesperson Medupi Simasiku.

Two new firearms charges for Pistorius

Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius has been served with a new indictment, which includes two additional charges. Oscar Pistorius was served with a new indictment on Wednesday, which includes two additional charges, the National Prosecuting Authority said. “The two counts that have been added relate to contraventions of some sections of the Firearms Control Act,” said spokesperson Nathi Mncube.

Doccie shows other side of Pistorius drama

Evidence that neighbours of Oscar Pistorius heard him arguing with his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, just hours before he shot and killed her is undermined in a documentary to be broadcast on Monday night. In the second of two Channel 5 documentaries in the UK to be aired on Monday, a day before Pistorius appears in the dock for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday, two of South Africa’s top lawyers use experts and a full-size reconstruction of Pistorius’s bathroom and bedroom to dissect the evidence on which his fate hangs, dismissingRead More

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