Pistorius' Rottweiler barrister takes the stage

LISA DAVIES
Last updated 11:51 17/03/2014
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SARCASTIC WIT: Barry Roux's courtroom showmanship has inspired admiration, and even a rap parody video.

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Outside the Oscar Pistorius murder trial each afternoon, the crowds of youths don't just scream for the Blade Runner - they also adore his barrister, Barry Roux.

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

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, Reeva Steenkamp.

An advocate of the Johannesburg Bar for more than 30 years, 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, Hilton Botha, 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 Barry Roux 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 looks and snazzy dressing.

"I'm Barry Roux, check my bad-ass crew / and the hot blonde on the bench - what bru?" The term "bru" is African for 'bro' or 'brother'.

Outside court on Friday, more than 20 African youths pursued the senior counsel back to his chambers like they would mob a pop star, one declaring to the Australian Channel 7 crew: "I am going to be like Mr Roux when I grow up!"

As the trial enters its third week, the huge interest in the case has spawned a number of social media parody accounts.

There is a Fake Barry Roux Twitter account, which describes its owner as a "Protector of Legless killers".

Among the @notroux tweets in recent days: "When #OscarPistorius said he wanted to be like able-bodied athletes ... who knew he meant OJ Simpson! #OscarTrial"

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An account named @TheOPDoor was also set up, representing the toilet door through which Pistorius shot and killed Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2014. However, it has since been taken down.

The trial resumes on Monday.

 


- Sydney Morning Herald

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