Oscar Pistorius trial: Day two begins

Witness Michelle Burger is being cross-examined by the defence team.

Oscar Pistorius is escorted into the High Court in Pretoria ahead of the second day of his murder trial on 4 March 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's advocate Barry Roux says he will deal with the credibility and reliability of witness Michelle Burger and her testimony in today's proceedings.

Judge Thokozile Masipa got proceedings underway at around 09:30am where Roux continued his cross-examination.

Roux launched straight into it by pushing Burger on how sure she was that she heard a woman screaming.

The scream is in sharp contrast with Pistorius's version of events.

"What I heard was a woman scream. That's what I stated. Maybe Mr Pistorius can explain why my version isn't what happened. My version did not coincide with his version."


Prosecutor Gerrie Nel then interrupted proceedings to complain that Burger's face was shown on news channel eNCA and it was a contravention of the court order.

He asked that it be made an order of the court that no photos of the witnesses were shown.

The judge adjourned, saying this was a very serious issue.

Upon investigation, it was heard that eNCA did not show live footage of Burger in court but rather a still photograph of her face.

During the adjournment, eNCA head of news Patrick Conroy defended the use of the image via Twitter.

NOTE: 'We used a still picture from the University website - also carried in daily newspapers.' - Patrick Conroy, Head of News, eNCA

NOTE: 'We have not shown any footage of Michelle Burger in court...' - Patrick Conroy, Head of News, eNCA

When court reconvened, Judge Masipa said she was very disturbed by the photo, and warned the media against any future incidents.

She ordered that no pictures of any witnesses be published.

Head of Pistorus's defence team, Kenny Oldwage agreed with Nel on the matter, saying the defence team had reached an important stage of cross-examination and wanted to continue.

Conroy said eNCA welcomed the clarity of the ruling and would abide by it.

"It was an honest mistake. We didn't believe we were in violation of the court order. The image was public."

Patrick Conroy: 'We are not in violation of the court order. We did seek senior council and they agree - we are not in violation.'

RT @PatrickConroySA: @eNCAnews will issue a statement shortly on today's clarification from the Court on still image of witness #OscarTrial

Burger, a university lecturer who lives in Silver Streams Estate which is adjacent to Silver Woods Estate where the shooting took place, is currently being cross-examined by Roux.