Pistorius case postponed until August

2013-06-04 09:25
Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AP)

Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AP)

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Oscar Pistorius arrives in court

2013-06-04 09:07

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Pretoria - The case against murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius was postponed to 19 August 19 the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

"Mr Pistorius the matter against you has been postponed for further investigation," said Acting Magistrate Daniel Thulare.

The same amended bail conditions will apply.

The pre-trial hearing got under way at 09:00 on Tuesday.

Pistorius stood up as the magistrate entered.

Further investigation

Prosecutor Andrea Johnson began by requesting a postponement.

"The request for the postponement is based on the State needing more time for further investigation," she submitted.

Further details of the postponement would not be discussed, as agreed by both parties.

Pistorius's counsel Barry Roux stood up and confirmed this.

"On that day [August 19] it won't be only to report back," he said.

"We have agreed to postpone for further investigation," said Roux.

He asked the magistrate to keep the day open to deal with any pre-trail applications.

Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder after Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in his Pretoria home on 14 February.

During a bail hearing in February, Pistorius's defence read out a statement in which he said he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

He was released on bail on 22 February, but under conditions which he later challenged in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Several of the conditions were relaxed, including bans on international travel and alcohol consumption.

- SAPA
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