The Oscar Pistorius murder trial was interrupted today, after prosecutors said witness Michelle Burger’s face was broadcast on TV. A court order had barred certain witnesses from being shown on television.
Court was delayed for a short time. Judge Thokozile Masipa said the media will not be treated with kid gloves if they don’t behave.
After court resumed, Burger discussed her recollection of Valentine’s night last year, when Pistorius shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The neighbor has testified that she heard “terrible screams” coming from the athlete’s home the night of the shooting.
Tuesday’s cross-examination focused on Burger’s explanation of events, along with her ability to hear screams from 580 feet away.
Pistorius claims he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder and shot her through a bathroom door. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Pistorius, 27, could face at least 25 years in prison if convicted.