Oscar Pistorius trial to be televised

The trial of paralympic Oscar Pistorius, charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, will be partially televised, it has been confirmed.

The athlete is accused of killing Steenkamp in a shooting incident at his home in Pretoria, South Africa, last February on Valentine's Day.

A South African judge has ruled that the trial of the Olympic champion can be partially televised, with the rest of the trial being available in audio only.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo said cameras could "obtain a video and audio recording of the permitted portions".

However, only the opening arguments, prosecution witnesses, closing arguments, the verdict and sentencing can definitely be recorded on camera.

Additionally, anyone involved in the case can object to being filmed and can therefore avoid being on camera.

There are no trials by jury in the South African legal system, so a judge will make the decision as to whether Pistorius is innocent or guilty.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Sky's Special Correspondent Alex Crawford said the decision was being hailed as "groundbreaking" by the South African media.

The judge is "making sure everyone, whoever you are, rich or poor, famous or completely anonymous, can listen and watch this trial and see justice is done", she said.

Steenkamp, a 29-year-old reality TV star and model, was found lying on the bathroom floor after being shot four times through a toilet door.

Pistorius denies committing murder and says he shot his girlfriend by mistake, thinking she was an intruder, but state prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated.

The athlete, also known as Blade Runner, is also set face charges of illegal possession of ammunition and two additional gun-related charges.

The case will be heard at Pretoria's High Court and over 100 witnesses are set to be called up to testify. The trial begins on Monday.

(Images: Rex Features)


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