Oscar trial postponed to Tuesday

By Drum Digital
05 May 2014

Oscar Pistorius's trial postponed before lunch after the defence was unable to call more witnesses to the stand.

The murder trial of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was postponed before lunch on Monday after the defence was unable to call more witnesses to the stand.

"We could not get more than two witnesses for the day," Barry Roux SC, for Pistorius, said.

Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the case until 9.30am on Tuesday.

On Monday morning, Roux called Pistorius's neighbours in the Silver Woods Estate, Carice Viljoen and her father Johan Stander, who went to his house shortly after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

He shot Steenkamp through the locked toilet door of his Pretoria home and contends that he mistook her for an intruder.

Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder. The State argues he killed her during an argument.

Steenkamp's mother June was in court with her lawyer and a friend on Monday.

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act -- one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013. On September 30, 2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

He has denied guilt on these charges.

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