Oscar trial extended until 16 May

By admin
24 March 2014

South Africans and viewers all over the world will be glued to their screens for much longer following the extension of the Oscar Pistorius trial.

The trial, which has attracted the attention of the world, was scheduled to run from March 3 to 20 in the High Court in Pretoria but will now continue until May 16.

The trial will continue until the court goes into recess on April 4.

"The trial will resume on Monday April 14 until May 16," spokeswoman Lulama Luti said.

However, she could not say when judgment was expected in the case.

In the early hours of February 14 last year, Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

The sprinter, nicknamed "Blade Runner", has denied intending to kill Steenkamp, contending that when he fired four shots into a locked bathroom door, he believed there was an intruder in the toilet cubicle.

The paralympic athlete has pleaded not guilty to charges of the premeditated murder of Steenkamp; as well as contraventions of the Firearms Control Act.

The firearm contraventions are linked to separate incidents in which Pistorius allegedly fired a pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013, and allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car while driving with friends in Modderfontein in September 2012.


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