Pistorius trial: Pathologist to testify first

A forensic pathologist will testify prior to Pistorius when the trial resumes on Monday.

Oscar Pistorius leaves the High Court in Pretoria after his murder trial was postponed on 28 March 2014. Picture: Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority has confirmed it will not oppose a motion to have a forensic pathologist testify before Oscar Pistorius when the athlete's murder trial resumes next week.

Pistorius was expected to be called as the defence's first witness in the High Court in Pretoria on 7 April.

But it has emerged defence advocate Barry Roux and his associates will call Professor Jan Botha first.

Personal difficulties have been cited as the reason defence lawyers intend calling Botha to the witness stand before Pistorius.

When an assessor fell ill, Judge Thokozile Masipa agreed to an adjournment of seven days at the end of last week as millions of people around the world anticipated hearing Pistorius describe in his own words what happened when he shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Botha is expected to provide his own analysis of an autopsy carried on Steenkamp's body shortly after she died.

The state wrapped up its case with a clear focus on the SMS messages sent between Pistorius and Steenkamp a few weeks before he shot and killed her in his home.

Picture: Carte Blanche.

As the only person who knows the truth about what happened, Pistorius will have the chance to tell his story from the witness stand when court resumes on Monday.

Meanwhile, a relaxed looking Pistorius was spotted in Sandton by Eyewitness News while having lunch with his legal team.

Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

His appearance today is in stark contrast to the sober figure he cuts in the dock.

Wearing jeans, a light blue shirt and cream jacket, Pistorius was seen talking seriously while sharing a sushi platter and exchanging the occasional laugh.

His appearance at the restaurant caused a bit of a stir as amused waiters and patrons couldn't stop staring.