• All Share : 48934.51
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Top 40 : 4212.20
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Financial 15 : 13742.31
    UNCHANGED0.00%
    Industrial 25 : 55468.32
    UNCHANGED0.00%

  • ZAR/USD : 10.6502
    UP 0.28%
    ZAR/GBP : 17.8973
    UP 0.27%
    ZAR/EUR : 14.7217
    UP 0.23%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1040
    UP 0.17%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.8744
    UP 0.36%

  • Gold : 1291.9650
    DOWN -0.09%
    Platinum : 1413.0000
    UP 0.28%
    Silver : 19.5905
    DOWN -0.55%
    Palladium : 802.5000
    UP 0.69%
    Brent Crude Oil : 110.320
    DOWN -0.01%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by I-Net Bridge
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Fri Apr 25 08:39:42 SAST 2014

Roux rips into state case against Pistorius

Sapa | 21 February, 2013 14:00
TTP1ROUX21-20-02-2013-18-02-07-57-.jpg
Defence lawyer Barry Roux, left
Image by: Sizwe Ndingane

Oscar Pistorius' lawyer sought to dismantle the State's murder case against the athlete at his bail application in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

"Your worship... the poor quality of the evidence of investigating officer [Hilton] Botha further exposed the disastrous shortcomings of the State's case," argued Barry Roux.

He said there was no evidence of the premeditated murder of Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as alleged by the State, and that it was not mentioned on the charge sheet at all.

He insisted Pistorius did not have a house in Italy, part of the State's contention that he could be a flight risk if granted bail.

Earlier, prosecutor Gerrie Nel turned to a feature on Pistorius in glossy women's magazine "Sarie", reporting that he did have a house there.

Roux said if Pistorius had wanted to kill Steenkamp he did not need a locked toilet or bathroom.

"He could do it anywhere."

Pistorius is charged with murdering Steenkamp, which he has denied in an affidavit, saying he thought there was an intruder in the house when he shot into the toilet she was in.

"There is no evidence that the applicant knew it was Reeva in the toilet," said Roux.

It is up to Roux to show exceptional circumstances why Pistorius should be released after the charge was declared schedule six in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act by magistrate Desmond Nair.

Roux called the police investigation "poor" and said the charge should not even be schedule six, or even schedule five.

Pistorius' version was consistent with the "known evidence", he said.

Before this, the court was stunned by a surprise application by a woman describing herself as an attorney.

She wanted to apply for Pistorius to be sent for a mental examination and for the case to be held in camera.

Nair dismissed this.

There has also been speculation over how the court will handle the news that Botha himself faces an attempted murder charge related to shots fired, reportedly during a police chase.

Nel told Nair the prosecution had not been aware of this.

SHARE YOUR OPINION

If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.
Fri Apr 25 08:39:43 SAST 2014 ::