Oscar judge allows tweeting, blogging

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Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius arriving at the High Court in Pretoria for the seventh day of his trial. Photo: @Valeska1/Valeska Abreu

Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial resumed on Tuesday with pathologist Professor Gert Saayman waiting in the witness box to continue explaining the fatal injuries sustained by Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa and her two assessors Janet Henzen-Du Toit and Themba Mazibuko made the slow daily procession to their seats in the front of the court.

On Monday, Masipa had ordered that Saayman’s evidence may not be broadcast live, tweeted or blogged as it contained graphic detail of the wounds Steenkamp sustained when Pistorius shot her dead.

On Tuesday morning, the judge said that someone gave her information about blogging and tweeting, and “in respect of this witness, blogging and tweeting is allowed”.

The court adjiourned shortly after for the defence to look at articles which Saayman references.

Earlier, Pistorius arrived in court GD through the court room's main entrance, instead of the side entrance he had been using last week, and put his laptop bag down before speaking with his uncle Arnold Pistorius and another man.

His sister, Aimee, also arrived and greeted family and friends seated behind Pistorius, who was again wearing a dark suit and tie with a white shirt.

Pistorius is accused of murdering Steenkamp on February 14, 2013 at his home in Silverwoods Estate, Pretoria.

He has pleaded not guilty to that and a number of charges under the Firearms Act. - Sapa

Click here for IOL’s live blog about the Oscar trial.


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