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South Africa: 'Blade runner' Pistorius trial shelved until August00:55

South Africa: 'Blade runner' Pistorius trial shelved until August

South Africa, Pretoria
June 4, 2013 at 07:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

South Africa: 'Blade runner' Pistorius trial shelved until August

Oscar Pistorius arrived outside a court in Pretoria for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday. This was his first hearing since being released on bail in February for the murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steencamp, on February 14.

It was decided at the hearing by a South African magistrate to postpone the trial until August 19; giving Pistorius' lawyers more time to prepare his case. The 26-year-old Paralympic athlete has been released on the same bail conditions he has had to fulfil since February.

Magistrate Daniel Thulare asked the prosecution team the reason behind the delay, but prosecutor Andrea Johnson stated she was not in a position to share such information in public. But the defence has also agreed with the delay of the courtcase, stating the South African national prosecuting authority should seriously consider if any of the media coverage of the trial has been scandalised because of vast speculation.

At a former bail hearing, the Olympic and Paralympic double-amputee runner, also known as Blade Runner, said he thought Steenkamp was a burglar when he shot her through a toilet door at his Pretoria home in the northern part of South Africa. The prosecution for the trial claim that Pistorius murdered his girlfriend after an argument.

Pistorius made sporting history when he became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal in 2011.

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South Africa: 'Blade runner' Pistorius trial shelved until August

Oscar Pistorius arrived outside a court in Pretoria for a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday. This was his first hearing since being released on bail in February for the murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steencamp, on February 14.

It was decided at the hearing by a South African magistrate to postpone the trial until August 19; giving Pistorius' lawyers more time to prepare his case. The 26-year-old Paralympic athlete has been released on the same bail conditions he has had to fulfil since February.

Magistrate Daniel Thulare asked the prosecution team the reason behind the delay, but prosecutor Andrea Johnson stated she was not in a position to share such information in public. But the defence has also agreed with the delay of the courtcase, stating the South African national prosecuting authority should seriously consider if any of the media coverage of the trial has been scandalised because of vast speculation.

At a former bail hearing, the Olympic and Paralympic double-amputee runner, also known as Blade Runner, said he thought Steenkamp was a burglar when he shot her through a toilet door at his Pretoria home in the northern part of South Africa. The prosecution for the trial claim that Pistorius murdered his girlfriend after an argument.

Pistorius made sporting history when he became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal in 2011.