Griekwastad murder trial: Media asked to leave courtroom
12:02 Thu, 07 Nov 2013
Griekwastad murder trial: Media asked to leave courtroom | News Article
Lani Fouché
Kimberley - Proceedings in the Griekwastad murder trial were delayed in the Northern Cape High Court today when the state and the defense requested that the media be ordered to leave the courtroom when evidence pertaining to Marthella Steenkamp's autopsy report was being heard.
State prosecutor Hannes Cloete told reporters that this was to honour the dignity of the remaining family members.
Journalists are however opposing the request, saying they have thus far reported in a responsible manner.
A decision on the media’s presence during the testimonies of two doctors will be made later by Judge Frans Kgomo.
In the meantime, Paul Botha, a farmer neighbouring the Steenkamps, will continue his testimony.
A 17-year-old boy is accused of murdering Deon, Christel and Marthella Steenkamp on their farm Naauwhoek in April last year.

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