Pistorius Trial: Oscar and Reeva’s WhatsApp messages – Part one
Oscar and Reeva’s WhatsApp messages
– Part two
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Pistorius murder trial has resumed at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria with the prosecution calling Anette Stipp to the stand. Stipp is the wife of Dr Johan Stipp who testified earlier in the trial. Stipp has requested that her image, as a private person, not be broadcast for the duration of the trial.Last week, the court heard from police forensic experts that Reeva Steenkamp had been in a defensive posture in the toilet when she was shot by Pistorius through the toilet door.
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THIS BATTLE IS WON:) After 7 long years of protest, negotiations and lobbies, the City of Cape Town finally and no Princess Vlei land will be sold for shopping malls. This matter started about 15 years ago when a developer became interested in the area.
For locals Princess Vlei is a Lung and a recreational area. For the First Nations, the Khoisan, it is an historic and holy place.
People who have been living near it for generations believe “the princess” was formed by tears of grief when a noble Khoe girl was abducted by Portuguese sailors long ago.
Roux finds fame with rap
Cape Town – Oscar Pistorius advocate Barry Roux has found unexpected “fame” in a hilarious rap parody featuring his signature phrase: “I put it to you”.
Unwittingly following the trend of celebrity cross-overs, Roux transitioned from the courtroom to rap super-stardom when a local radio station aired the Barry Roux rap song, which quickly garnered a cult following with more than 30 000 people listening to it on SoundCloud, and more than 17 000 views on YouTube. The song will be accompanied by a music video in the coming weeks.
The parody, created by Johannesburg’s Highveld Stereo Xpress show producer Brad O’Regan, has Roux rapping about his habit of repeating questions, his “lady voice” and, of course, putting it to witnesses.
Just under two-and-a-half minutes long, it starts with a reporter asking Roux for an interview. The advocate sheepishly asks: “You want to know a little about me?”, before asking the DJ to drop a beat and start a rap rendition that would make stars such as Eminem and Snoop Dog envious… or cringe with embarrassment.
“I put it to you, everything you say I will misconstrue. I’m Barry Roux I put it to you 10 times to confuse you. Check it out y’all it’s no mystery, I will repeat things in the court’s history. I ask you the same thing 10 times because the only thing worse than my memory is my rhymes.”
Not even Roux’s colleagues are safe from the parody, as he raps about his “bad-ass crew” and the “hot blonde on the Bench”, referring to candidate attorney for the defence, Roxanne Adams.
Eskom and President Jacob Zuma also take a few hits in the lyrics: “You may think I’m a chop and I’m dom (dumb), but at least I don’t work at Eskom”, and “After Nkandla and e-tolls JZ is loving this stuff double-fold”.
The rap goes on about Roux’s insecurity about sounding like a “lady”, and asking for people to stop hating him because he “only makes 100k a day”.
Twitters users are in hysterics, with user Faith_hope_love posting: “Barry roux song! …needing relief from trial, the Barry Roux parody song.”
Cebisa wrote: “What if I put it to you that this is hilarious.”
O’Regan said he was very happy with the reaction from the public and was working on a music video to accompany the song.
- Weekend Argus
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The Associated Press Posted: Mar 19, 2014 4:30 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 19, 2014 9:17 AM ET
The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial says he plans to wrap up his case early next week after calling four or five more witnesses.
Judge Thokozile Masipa granted a request on Wednesday from prosecutor Gerrie Nel to adjourn the trial until Monday so that Nel has time to consult his last witnesses. No court session was scheduled on Friday, which is a national holiday in South Africa.
Defence lawyer Barry Roux said the trial is expensive and he does not want to delay proceedings. He did not object to Nel’s request.
Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013. The athlete acknowledges he fatally shot her, but says it was a mistake.
In the Pretoria court Wednesday, a police ballistics expert testified that Steenkamp was standing in a toilet cubicle and facing the closed door when she was hit in the right hip by the first of four hollow point bullets fired at her by Pistorius.
Steenkamp then fell back onto a magazine holder in the cubicle and was struck in the right arm and head by the last two shots fired by Pistorius with his 9 mm pistol through the door.
Pistorius’s girlfriend crossed her arms over her head to protect herself, Capt. Christiaan Mangena said, when she was hit in the arm and head. He testified that he believed the second bullet shot missed Steenkamp and ricocheted off a wall inside the cubicle and broke into fragments, which caused bruising on her back.
Mangena concluded through his analysis of the shooting scene and wounds on Steenkamp’s body from post-mortem photographs that one of the final two bullets went through Steenkamp’s left hand before penetrating her skull as she held it over her head. The policeman said he couldn’t determine the order of the last two shots.
As Mangena threw his hands up to cover his head in court and replicate the “defensive position” he said Steenkamp took as the last shots were fired, Pistorius put his fingers in his ears in an apparent attempt to block out the testimony.
June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother, also was in the courtroom and occasionally glanced at photos of the bloody scene of her daughter’s shooting before looking away.
Police ballistics expert Mangena said the bullet that struck Steenkamp’s skull broke into two fragments, one of which exited her head and struck the wall behind her. The first shot into the right hip broke Steenkamp’s hip bone, Mangena said.
“I’m of the opinion that after this wound was inflicted, my lady, she dropped immediately,” Mangena said, addressing the judge in court under questioning from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. Steenkamp slumped into a “seated or semi-seated position” on top of the magazine rack in the cubicle, where she was hit another two times, he said.
Col. Mike Sales investigated the web history on two iPad found in Pistorius’s home, including one used hours before Steenkamp was killed.
Around 6.30 p.m. South African time on Feb. 13, according to records shown on TV monitors in court, a search was made on Google for a pornographic website.
Pistorius’s lawyer asked Sales if his investigation showed who was using the device at the time. Sales replied he was unsure.
“She ended up with her head on top of the toilet seat, and the lower part of her body on the rack, Mangena said.
Pistorius fired from a distance of at least 60 centimetres and no further than a wall behind him, about three metres away, Mangena said. Mangena also described the impact of the type of bullets in Pistorius’s gun, which were designed to cause maximum damage, he said.
“It hits the target, it opens up, it creates six talons, and these talons are sharp,” Mangena said. “It cuts through the organs of a human being.”
He noted the Black Talon brand of ammunition was often used for self-defence because while it caused significant damage to a human target, it was less likely to penetrate the first target and hit other people.
Pistorius lawyer Barry Roux cross-examined Mangena and said the defence’s own forensic and ballistic experts would challenge the policeman’s testimony regarding the sequence of the shots. Roux also said defence experts had recovered a bullet and fragments from the toilet bowl that police missed. Mangena said he was aware of that.
Mangena testified he conducted shooting tests to try to pinpoint the location from which the bullets were fired by Pistorius in the bathroom, based on where cartridge cases were found. However, in his tests, he said, the cases fell at different angles. He also noted that the cartridge cases at the scene of Steenkamp’s shooting could have been “moved or kicked around” during the investigation.
He said Pistorius was probably on his stumps when he fired, supporting the athlete’s statement that he was not wearing his prosthetic limbs when he opened fire.
Pistorius shoots his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp at his home in South Africa through a bathroom door, allegedly mistaking her for an intruder.
The runner’s uncle, Arnold Pistorius, makes a statement strongly disputing the premeditated murder allegation.
Defence advocate, Barry Roux, will continue to question crime scene photographer Warrant Officer Barend van Staden when the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius resumes in Pretoria on Tuesday morning.
Pistorius is accused of killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013.
On Monday, Roux questioned van Staden about photos he took of the scene at the Pistorius residence following the death of Steenkamp.
Roux put it to van Staden that he had taken many more photos than the nine images of Pistorius that appear in the police album.
Van Staden testified that he made a total of 15 photo albums relating to the crime.
These included Steenkamp’s post mortem, blood spatter on the wall behind the bed, blood spots on the duvet and a damaged bedroom door.
Earlier, the court heard about Pistorius’ obsession with firearms.
His firearm dealer Sean Rens testified that Pistorius had ordered six firearms from him three weeks before.
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