Unwanted fame for Herschelle Gibbs in Oscar Pistorius trial

Updated: 20 March 2014 14:32 IST

Former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs started receiving messages from fans and friends after close-ups on television repeatedly showed the bat with which Oscar Pistorius broke down the bathroom door behind which Steenkamp was hit by bullets, which prominently featured Gibbs' autograph, prompting him to tweet about his surprise.

Unwanted fame for Herschelle Gibbs in Oscar Pistorius trial

Johannesburg:

Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs found himself under unexpected spotlight during the trial of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


The trial is being broadcast live on television and radio, generating unprecedented public interest. (Read: Pistorius' girlfriend standing when first shot, says expert)

Gibbs started receiving messages from fans and friends after close-ups on television repeatedly showed the bat with which Pistorius broke down the bathroom door behind which Steenkamp was hit by bullets, which Pistorius said were meant for what he believed was a burglar.

The bat prominently featured Gibbs' autograph, prompting him to tweet about his surprise.

"Just saw my signature on the bat used by the accused in Oscar trial... lol#neveradull moment."

There was extensive interrogation of state witness Colonel Johannes Vermeulen by both the prosecution and the defence about the bat. A fan of Gibbs commented that the former batsman might be called as a state witness. (Read: Defense alleges police errors)

A fan with the twitter handle @maxlezar123 wrote "They might call you up next."

Gibbs responded: "hahaa my lady."



Topics : Cricket
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