Judge bans broadcast of postmortem evidence in Pistorius trial
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:26
March 10 - Day six of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial begins with the judge banning the live broadcast of postmortem evidence of Reeva Steenkamp's death. Nathan Frandino reports.
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On day six of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, the judge bans the live broadcast of the autopsy report.
A doctor told the court that broadcasting the report would violate ethical rules.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WITNESS, PROFESSOR GERT SAAYMAN, SAYING:
"My lady, I am a health care practitioner, a medical doctor and such I am bound by certain ethical rules that guide my profession and in fact it may be even statutory limitations in terms of my conduct when it comes to some of this issues, in terms of the health professions act. So on that basis that I choose at the outset to indicate to the court that I would not be comfortable in the live and contemporaneous streaming of my evidence due to the very nature thereof."
The judge agreed and even extended the ban to live reporting on Twitter.
The doctor's testimony was interrupted twice by Pistorius sobbing.
He said Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, died from multiple gunshot wounds.
Pistorius has denied the murder charge, saying it was a tragic accident.
Outside the courtroom, some residents are already predicting the verdict.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PRETORIA RESIDENT, MATSEI MATEKWANE, SAYING:
"With my view I think he needs to go, he'd have to settle for jail straight up, I mean like it's murder just, you can't let it go just like that."
Pistorius faces at least 25 years in jail, if found guilty.
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