Teary-eyed Oscar Pistorius leaves court

Pretoria - Oscar Pistorius's murder case was postponed to 19 February in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, after a highly charged first appearance on Friday.

He will stay in police custody at the Brooklyn police station until his appearance on Tuesday.

With jaws clenched, Pistorius heard the State intended pursuing a case of pre-meditated murder against him, following the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Valentine's Day.

"Is the State's argument pre-meditated murder?" asked magistrate Desmond Nair.

"Yes," said prosecutor advocate Gerrie Nel.


The postponement was granted to allow the defence time for further preparation, and to properly categorise the charge against him in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA).

The celebrity paralympian walked into the packed courtroom wearing a dark suit, and began crying when Nair greeted him. Nair asked him to be calm and he sat down.

He is expected to bring a bail application next week.

There is also expected to be clarity on whether the crime he is charged with falls under Sections five or six of the CPA.

In terms of Section five, dealing with "serious" offences, the accused may only be granted bail if he produces evidence to satisfy the court that the interests of justice permit the release.

Section six deals with "extremely serious" crime and requires exceptional circumstances for bail to be granted.

As Pistorius walked out of the dock, his father Henke reached out to him.

Pistorius just walked on, teary-eyed.

Conway Reynolds 2013-02-15 01:13:35 PM
My heart and sympathy goes out to Oscar. Love is a funny thing. Jealousy and frustration plays havoc with the human mind. The deed committed was out of charactor. I would not be surprised if he dies of a broken heart before the trial God, bless and guide him in these hours of need.
Nazo2010 2013-02-15 01:13:40 PM
Oscar, must go to jail finish and klaar!
Carol Otto 2013-02-15 01:13:58 PM
Gee Oscar you had it all what could have been so bad that you had to shoot her 4 times even if you did think that it was an intruder wow 4 shots is a bit excessive don’t you think
Mis Poshm 2013-02-15 01:14:04 PM
eish if only..... but, then again actions cannot be reversed.
kortbroek.duplessis 2013-02-15 01:14:48 PM
Well Oscar you do the crime you gotta do the time. Just be thankfull the death penalty isn't around. What a shame, what a waste......
Donald Dykman 2013-02-15 01:16:48 PM
This story is getting boring now twitter and social media way to slow, should have tried and sentenced robocop by now.
frankgerald 2013-02-15 01:19:08 PM
Don't play with fire because it can results in serious irrepairable damage to your self and others. I really feel sorry and sad for all concern especailly the families of the young lady whose life which was cut short unnecessary.
Artur Winiecki 2013-02-15 01:19:55 PM
I would also cry knowing that my as i know it is over, just cause i could not keep my temper in check thinking i would be above those lowly normal people.
Prada Ledger 2013-02-15 01:20:18 PM
2 ppl were at the residence, 1 was shot 1 shot the other, Oscar is the shooter, he admitted that, he just didnt say why. whether the court find him guilt or not he took a life, he is the one that did it.
Bhut'Lunga Tsolekile 2013-02-15 01:22:36 PM
In similar cases like this, you will find "rape, women abuse" organisations protesting around the court and opposing bail for the accused. Were they present during Oscar's court proceedings? Where were they?