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Oscar Pistorius broke down in the dock on Friday.
Sitting in Pretoria Magistrate’s Court C and dressed in a black suit, he was all alone in a sea of about 60 people swamping the court.
There was only one charge. The murder of his girlfriend, glamour model, Reeva Steenkamp.
His father, sister, brother and other relatives were in court among journalists from local and international media.
Chief magistrate, Desmond Nair, heard the case, brought by legendary State prosecutor, advocate Gerrie Nel.
Nair oversaw the drunken driving trial of Judge Nkola Motata, while Nel was the lead prosecutor in the corruption trial of former national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi.
As Pistorius sat in the dock, he glanced at his sister, Aimee, and started crying. She followed suit.
Pistorius grimaced as he looked through his tears at the assembled journalists and turned his head.
He had stepped into court at 11.30am, after being moved from Boschkop police station’s holding cells where he had spent the night. His family met him at court and a relative organised him a sandwich.
Nair postponed the charging procedures to hear an application by the media for the proceedings to be broadcast live.
According to EWN, Pistorius’s advocate described his client as being in an “extreme traumatised state of mind”. “He doesn’t want this televised,” he argued.
According to the EWN reporter, Pistorius broke down again, bowing his head all the way forward, gasping audibly.
The magistrate set a bail hearing for Tuesday, and Pistorius will remain in custody at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria till then. – Daily News Reporters