Lara Prendergast

Why shouldn’t people have a flutter on the Pistorius trial?

Why shouldn't people have a flutter on the Pistorius trial?
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You can bet on all manner of scummy things on Paddy Power: when Fergie and Andrew will remarry; how Julian Assange will leave the Ecuadorian embassy (odds for him leaving in a diplomatic bag are currently 20/1). Now you can also bet on the outcome of the Pistorius trial. I’ve got a fiver on the Blade Runner getting off.

I jest. But given the extensive coverage lavished on the trial so far, is it any wonder that people are starting to have a flutter. The scrutiny has been astonishing – with live television and radio broadcasts available for anyone who cares. South Africa even has a 24-hour TV channel devoted to coverage and commentary of it.

The media have been handed a dream story: a sports star, a model and a smoking gun, all set in a country with no qualms about cameras pointing into their courtrooms. The international press is having a field day - is it any wonder the average punter wants in on the action too?