Oscar in court on Reeva's birthday

2013-08-19 07:20
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured at the 2012 Feather Awards.

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured at the 2012 Feather Awards. (Lucky Nxumalo, AFP)

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Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is expected to learn what charges he faces when he appears in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday.

The State was expected to serve the double amputee with an indictment, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday.

"We also expect to have the trial starting early 2014, but we cannot at this stage confirm the exact date because this has to be agreed upon in court by all parties concerned," spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said.

"It will therefore be inappropriate for the NPA to comment about the charges beforehand."

AFP reported that the trial is likely to take place from the first week of March until the end of March.

Reeva's 30th birthday

It would have been Reeva Steenkamp's 30th birthday on Monday. Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder after the model and law graduate was shot dead in his Pretoria home on 14 February.

During a subsequent bail hearing, Pistorius's defence read out a statement in which Pistorius said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder. He has been out on R1m bail since 22 February, with some of the conditions amended since then.

On 4 June, prosecutor Andrea Johnson said in court that no details of the investigation would be revealed. She said the State needed more time to investigate the crime. This was by agreement with Pistorius's defence.

Johnson said the attention generated by Steenkamp's murder was not something the prosecution or the State could control, and felt his rights should not be overridden, that he had the right to be treated like any other person.

On Tuesday, police confirmed that the investigation into Steenkamp's death had been completed and that the matter would be postponed. National spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said the investigation team was convinced that Pistorius had a charge to answer to.

The court session was expected to start at 09:00.

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