Magistrate Desmond Nair had to reprimand photographers for taking photographs of murder accused Oscar Pistorius as he walked into the dock at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on day one of his bail application hearing. Picture: Getty Images
Magistrate Desmond Nair had to reprimand photographers for taking photographs of murder accused Oscar Pistorius as he walked into the dock at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on day one of his bail application hearing.
Prior to Pistorius walking into court, Nair said he had made a ruling last week Friday already that no photos or video of the accused may be taken. Almost as soon as the words had left his mouth on Tuesday, photographers again snapped pictures of Pistorius.
Nair said that any photo of Pistorius that was published would result in contempt of court.
Kicking off court proceedings, state Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said: "The onus is on the applicant to convince the court that it is in the interests of justice that permits his release."
Nel said Pistorius is found to have put his prosthetics legs on, walked seven meters and then fired four gunshots through the bathroom door.
Nel said: "Preplanning and motive are not the same thing. The motive is I (Pistorius) want to kill. I put on my prosthesis, walk seven meters, I see a closed door and I shoot. What he (Pistorius) thought and what the motive is will come later. But his motive was to kill".
Pistorius' layer, Barry Roux has been arguing the technicalities around what exactly premeditated means and said in no uncertain terms: "There is no concession that this is even murder."
Pistorius has broken down several times as Nel went over the state's version of events on February 14.
The court is packed beyond capacity with family, friends, print media, photographers and TV crews from all across South Africa and around the world.
Pistorius' father, Henke, brother, Carl and sister Aimee, along with other family members and friends are in the gallery. Minister of Women, Children, and People With Disabilities Lulu Xingwana was in court earlier but left shortly before Nair called for a short recess.
The bail application hearing continues.