Oscar Pistorius on trial for Reeva Steenkamp murder

Key points

  • Oscar Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at their home in Pretoria on 14 February 2013
  • Mr Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to all the charges he faces
  • Witness Michelle Burger said in her evidence that "you could hear blood-curdling screams"
  • State prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated, after the couple had a row
  • For the first time in South Africa, parts of the trial are being televised live
  • All times GMT

Live text


  • Simeon Paterson 
  • Dominic Howell 
  • Lorna Hankin 
  • Alexandra Fouché 

Last updated 3 March 2014


Good morning and welcome to live updates from the Oscar Pistorius trial, due to start at 8:00 GMT (10:00 local time) in Pretoria, South Africa.

The 27-year-old athlete, who competed at both the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the Olympics, is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp - a charge he vigorously denies.


You can watch a timeline of the case that has gripped South Africa and the world, here.


The BBC's Andrew Harding

tweets: Prosecutor Gerrie Nel arrives. Some Steenkamp and Pistorius relatives also sitting down now. His brother Carl is here.


The BBC's Andrew Harding

tweets: Awkward... #oscarpistorius family and Steenkamps sharing same bench. Two yards separate them for now but no eye contact so far.


International interest in the case is high. The BBC's Karin Giannone is among the media crowd outside the court.

The BBC's Karin Giannone outside the court


And the BBC's Andrew Harding is inside the court, from where he tweets: "All quiet in court. Unlike last year's bail hearing nobody sitting on the floor. Plenty of room. And the air conditioner is finally working."


Three weeks has been allocated for this trial, but it could well take longer, say legal analysts.


Audio of the entire trial will be broadcast, but some testimonies from witnesses will be excluded from the TV coverage. Mr Pistorius' legal team had unsuccessfully argued against both TV and audio broadcast, and it is expected that his witnesses will exercise their right not to be shown on TV.


There are 80 journalists who have been granted access to the courtroom - 40 South African reporters, and 40 journalists from the foreign media. A further 200 journalists have access to an "overspill" room outside of the courtroom, legal analysts say.