Barry Roux, the lawyer defending Oscar Pistorius, is a seasoned courtroom performer who offered a masterclass in cross examination when he attacked police evidence on Wednesday.
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After a slow and forensic start, Mr Roux unsettled Warrant Officer Hilton Botha with a barrage of pointed questions.
The lawyer made full use of the fact that only six days had elapsed since Reeva Steenkamp's death on Valentine's Day.
Knowing that the police investigation has been rushed, Mr Roux duly brought up example after example of checks they had failed to perform.
At times exasperated, at times condescending, Mr Roux reduced a detective with 24 years' experience to a stuttering wreck.
He repeatedly put it to Mr Botha that the police had found no hard evidence to challenge Pistorius's version of events. Within minutes, the hapless officer was admitting the weaknesses of his case, saying: "I don't have any facts."
Mr Roux managed to cheer the athlete's family, after the setback on Tuesday when the magistrate agreed the right charge was "premeditated murder". He also gained a breathless following on Twitter, with one fan hailing him as a "genius" and another recommending him for a part in the US legal drama Suits.
Mr Roux was called to the bar in 1982 and is a senior counsel - South Africa's version of a Queen's counsel.
In his 31-year career, he has acted for high-profile clients such as Dave King, a Glasgow-born businessman and Rangers football club director, who was accused of defrauding the South African Revenue Service of pounds 60 million, and Roger Kebble, a mining magnate, on charges of tax evasion.
Described by one commentator as a "very talented and ethical practitioner who will do his best for all his clients", Roux is thought to be earning between $4500 and $8300 per day for his defence of Pistorius.
Leaving court on Wednesday, he modestly claimed that his performance was "nothing special".
He also gained a breathless following on Twitter, with one fan hailing him as a "genius" and another recommending him for a part in the US legal drama Suits
The Telegraph, London