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The Paralympic champion was more composed in court today than in previous hearings.
The Paralympic champion was more composed in court today than in previous hearings.

PICTURES: Oscar Pistorius in court

Photographers were briefly allowed to work inside the courtroom today.
Feb 20th 2013, 7:00 PM 12,038 19

OSCAR PISTORIUS’S BAIL application was not decided upon today, as expected.

Proceedings will enter a third day tomorrow and could stretch into Friday.

The Paralympian stands accused of premeditated murder in relation to the death of his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

After a successful morning, the prosecution had an extremely difficult afternoon as Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux was bullish in his attack of the witness, investigating officer Hilton Botha.

There were a number of contentious points raised by both sides, including an alleged discovery of testosterone at his home, the occurrence of a fight between the couple in the early hours of the morning and the relevance of a previous arrest over an alleged assault at the same property. More detail on those issues here.

The 26-year-old athlete cried in the early part of today’s proceedings, especially on hearing details of Steenkamp’s post-mortem, which found she died from three gunshot wounds to the head, elbow and hip.

However, he later composed himself. Keeping his head bowed for most of the hearing, he took notes and looked calmer. There were no tears during the cross-examination of Officer Botha, according to journalists in the room.

His family also appeared more relaxed and on one occasion, Oscar’s brother Carl Pistorius turned and smiled at him. His father and sister were also in court today.

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