Pistorius Trial – Week Four, Day Three [analysis]

It’s the first day of the defence’s case in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. The benches are packed with members of the public today, in anticipation of the possibility that Pistorius himself may give testimony today – though this is not a given. Before any of that, though, we’ll probably be hearing from media lawyers as to whether the athlete’s testimony can be shown on camera. REBECCA DAVIS is in the North Gauteng High Court to bring you updates.

09.00 There’s a buzz in the courtroom that we haven’t heard for a while, and journalists’ positions near the front of the courtroom are more than usually in demand today. The question on everyone’s lips: Will he or won’t he? Will the defence’s first move be to put Oscar Pistorius on the stand? As we’ve previously suggested, they have little choice but to do so, since the accused’s state of mind is central to a claim of putative private defence – and the best way for the judge to gauge Pistorius’s state of mind on the evening in question is for him to tell her.

The expectation is that if Pistorius is to testify, he will testify first. This is normally…

Source : Daily Maverick