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Forensic blunders in Pistorius trial

High-profile murder trial of continues with testimony from the first policeman to arrive on scene admitting to a forensic blunder.

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Pretoria: Outside the Oscar Pistorius murder trial each afternoon, the crowds of youths don’t just scream for the Blade Runner – they also adore his , .

And if the elated cries of “, Mr Roux!” don’t make the -like blush, then a rap song written by a local radio station certainly might.

Focus of attention: Barry Roux

Focus of attention: Photo: Getty Images

The veteran counsel’s sharp intellect, sarcastic wit and court-room histrionics have become a feature of the first two weeks of the double-amputee’s trial for the murder of his girlfriend, .


An advocate of the Johannesburg Bar for more than 30 years, Mr Roux works largely in crime, insurance and medical negligence cases. But it wasn’t until the Olympian’s bail application in February last year that he became a national celebrity.

His effort in dismantling then-chief investigator, , was described in media reports at the time as a master class in cross-examination – and reminiscent of watching “a baby seal being clubbed to death”.

The rap song was the brainchild of breakfast radio producer Brad O’Regan, from South African station 94.7 Highveld Stereo.

“I put it to you, that it’s true / everything you say, I will misconstrue / I’m and I put it to you / ten times in a row just to confuse you.”

Other lines include: “Don’t hate me any which way / I only make 100k a day.”

“You don’t like me again and again / but who’s the main man on CNN?

“You may have all sorts of conflicting views / But I don’t see your name up on Sky News.”

There’s even a reference to Team Pistorius junior advocate Roxanne Adams, who has been turning heads in the trial for her good

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