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Oscar Pistorius trial: Judge comes under fire as 2 witnesses reduced to tears

Published on Mar 7, 2014 10:44 PM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - During the first week of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial, the judge presiding over the case has come under fire for giving defence lawyers too much leeway and not protecting witnesses.

With the trial broadcast live on television, presiding judge Thokozile Masipa has not escaped the scrutiny of millions watching around the world.

Criticism has centred on Judge Masipa permitting a fierce line of questioning from Mr Barry Roux, Pistorius's defence lawyer, known for his hectoring style of cross-examination.

He has reduced two female witnesses to tears and even read one witness's cellphone number out in court, although he later apologised.

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