Oscar Pistorius trial to be partially televised

Judge rules that part of the athlete’s trial, which begins on Monday, can be broadcast live

Posted on February 25, 2014 by
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Parts of the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius can be televised when it begins on Monday, a judge in South Africa has ruled.

The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter is accused of premeditated murder after his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, was found shot dead at the athlete’s home in Pretoria, South Africa, on February 14 last year. Pistorius claims he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

In ruling whether the athlete’s trial should be televised, Judge Dunstan Mlambo said audio of the trial could be broadcast and that parts of the trial could also be televised live.

Opening and closing arguments and the evidence of experts is among what can be televised, while Pistorius’ testimony forms part of what cannot.

The application to broadcast the trial was reportedly brought by Eyewitness News, eNCA and MultiChoice.

One year on from the death of Steenkamp, who was shot through a bathroom door, Pistorius released a statement on his website.

“No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved – and continues to love Reeva,” it read.

“The pain and sadness – especially for Reeva’s parents, family and friends consumes me with sorrow.

“The loss of Reeva and the complete trauma of that day, I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”

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