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Oscar media warned on theft, behaviour

Crime & Courts

Pretoria - Journalists covering Oscar Pistorius's murder trial were warned on Friday morning to look after their belongings and not climb over the benches in the High Court in Pretoria.

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Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday, April 11, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

On Thursday a laptop was stolen from an international news crew from a bench outside court room GD. A local radio reporter had her iPad stolen from inside the court room during the lunch break.

“Please don't leave your things in the court between 1pm and 2pm. It's not our responsibility to look out for your stuff,” Warrant Officer Etsebeth's voice boomed to the packed public gallery.

He then continued with a warning to reporters not to climb over the benches in the gallery to get to their seats.

“If you are not going to listen we are going to remove you from this court.” - Sapa

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