Oscar Pistorius trial: Judge warns media

Thokozile Masipa issued a stern warning to the media not to disclose the written heads of argument.

Judge Thokozile Masipa issued a stern warning to the media not to disclose the written heads of argument. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Judge Thokozile Masipa on Tuesday issued a stern warning to the media not to disclose the written heads of argument in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial until they are presented in court.

The defence closed its case this morning after calling 16 witnesses, which included the athlete himself, neighbours, and people he worked with.

The 'Blade Runner' is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

The 27-year-old athlete maintained he shot the 29-year-old by accident, believing she was an intruder.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel lodged the application because he said state documents had in the past been leaked to the media.

"It's my respectful view that where we argue matters they should be argued in court and not the public domain. Whatever happens during the argument should be published but not before the time."

Masipa granted the order and went as far as referring to reporters who possessed leaked documents as thieves.

"The written heads can only be published when the arguments start in court."

Closing argument will take place on 7 and 8 August.