Os­car shuns home

LAWYER: Pis­to­rius un­likely to re­visit scene of shoot­ing

Weekend Witness - - News - JEANNE-MARIE VERSLUIS and HANTI OTTO

ALTHOUGH the high court in Pre­to­ria ruled that there are no bail con­di­tions that pre­vent Os­car Pis­to­rius from en­ter­ing the house in which he shot Reeva Steenkamp on Valen­tine’s Day, there is lit­tle chance that he will move back.

One of Pis­to­rius’s at­tor­neys, Brian Web­ber, said this week that his client would prob­a­bly not go back to the house on the Sil­ver Woods es­tate in Pre­to­ria.

Medupe Si­masiku, spokesper­son for the Di­rec­torate of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions, said he could not com­ment on act­ing judge Bert Bam’s re­lax­ing of the bail con­di­tions that gov­erned Pis­to­rius’s life for the past month, adding that the of­fice would rather fo­cus on in­ves­ti­gat­ing Steenkamp’s death.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is pro­gress­ing well and should be fi­nalised soon. It is, how­ever, still too early to say how strong the state’s case is against the ac­cused, but we will get the docket as soon as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted,” he said.

Si­masiku said he be­lieved Pis­to­rius would obey the “re­main­ing” bail con­di­tions, but that the state would en­sure that he does not in­ter­fere with the in­ves­tiga- tion or wit­nesses.

At Thurs­day’s pro­ceed­ings, the me­dia con­tin­gent fo­cused on pho­tograph­ing Cap­tain Mike van Aardt, who heads the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the shoot­ing of Steenkamp while she was on the toi­let in Pis­to­rius’s home on Fe­bru­ary 14. Steenkamp died in Pis­to­rius’s arms. He said he thought she was a bur­glar.

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