Oscar Pistorius lawyers fail on dropping extra gun charges

2013-10-29 15:00

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The legal team of murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius failed to stop gun-related charges from being added to his case.

The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Mxolisi Nxasana, rejected the bid by Pistorius’ legal team to prevent the addition of the charges to his charge sheet, TV news channel eNCA reported today.

The charges are related to two incidents where Pistorius allegedly fired a gun in public places.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed the addition of the charges, and also confirmed that it had turned down requests by Pistorius’ legal team to prevent the additional charges being added, according to radio news service Eye Witness News.

Lawyers reportedly appealed to the NPA, arguing that the gun charges fall out of the court’s jurisdiction.

Pistorius briefly appeared in court on August 19 for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home on Valentine’s Day this year.

The trial will run from March 3 to March 20 at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

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