Pistorius, June Steenkamp in brief exchange
The exchange could be seen as an attempt by the Pistorius family to reach out to June Steenkamp.
PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius on Monday greeted June Steenkamp for the first time since his murder trial started in the North Gauteng High Court.
The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria East on Valentine's Day last year. Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Carte Blanche.
Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Carte Blanche.
The athlete also faces gun-related charges.
Pistorius pleaded not guilty to all charges during his first court appearance on 3 March.
Oscar Pistorius is escorted into the High Court in Pretoria ahead of his murder trial on 17 March 2014. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.
Monday was the second time June appeared in the Pretoria court since the case got underway.
Pistorius softly greeted June as he walked past her and made his way to the dock.
The brief exchange saw the 'Blade Runner' come face-to-face with the Port Elizabeth model's mother.
Reeva Steenkamp's mother June reacts as crime scene photographs are shown during the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria on 17 March 2014. Picture: Pool.
The athlete looked directly at her and seemed timid in his approach.
June, who was seated in the public gallery, responded with a slight nod of the head.
Pistorius's sister Aimee then went over to speak to June and another woman believed to be a relative.
Aimee Pistorius, (C) sister of Oscar Pistorius, during his murder trial in Pretoria on 11 March 2014. Picture: Picture: Pool.
It's unclear what was said during the brief encounter between the three women, but it appeared to be an intimate exchange.
The exchange could be seen as an attempt by the Pistorius family to reach out to June.
June walked out of the courtroom during the testimony from crime scene photographer Barend van Staden earlier on Monday.
At the time, photographs showing Pistorius covered in blood were displayed on television screens.
They were followed by pictures of blood spatter in the athlete's upmarket home.
June was accompanied by a member of the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) and a friend as she hurriedly made her way out of court during the lunch break.
Camera crews followed her as she crossed a road to a nearby restaurant.
She was holding onto the arm of the woman who was sitting next to her during proceedings.
Van Staden has resumed his testimony after the lunch break.
The state has lined up a total of 107 witnesses for the trial.
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