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Lawyer to take on media on Pistorius images

Oscar Pistorius's lawyer says images of clients crying were published in contravention of rules.

 Kenny Oldwage, Lawyer to both Oscar and Carl Pistorius, leaves the courtroom after Carl's culpable homicide trial on 27 March 2013. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN
Oscar Pistorius,Reeva Steenkamp,Kenny Oldwage
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JOHANNESBURG - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's lawyer Kenny Oldwage said he will be fighting newspapers that chose to publish a picture of his client in tears during his court appearance on Friday.

The picture was allegedly taken in contravention of the court's ruling on media coverage.

Pistorius was in court on Friday for his first appearance after shooting his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on Thursday.

The image brandished on Saturday newspaper showed Pistorius with his head in his hands, his face tinged with red.

Oldwage said he will take action against the papers that published the image.

While he was unwilling to do a full interview with Eyewitness News, he confirmed the photo was taken in contravention of magistrate Desmond Nair's ruling.

Photographers and cameramen were allegedly told that they were only able to take still photos or footage when the magistrate was not seated. 

But the photo was allegedly taken during active court proceedings.

It is expected that Nair will address the issue when Pistorius returns to continue his bail application on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Pistorius's family appealed for the police to be allowed to investigate the case without interference.

A statement was released on Friday from the family in which it denied the murder charges “in the strongest terms".

Pistorius also extended his deepest sympathies to Steenkamp’s family, describing the shooting as a "terrible, terrible tragedy".

Police returned to the crime scene yesterday to study blood spatter patterns and to gather more forensic evidence ahead of Pistorius’s bail application on Tuesday. 

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