Pistorius family get American forensic experts


Forensic investigators from America will assist murder-accused Paralympian Oscar Pistorius' defence team with his trial, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

"I can confirm that a team of forensic investigators from America will be working with the defence team," spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said.

"It's very standard practice to work with experts during the preparation of any trial."

She said that the team arrived on Monday at Pistorius' Pretoria home with his lawyers.

Burgess said they wouldn’t go into the details of the investigators' work and aid that was all she could say.

Pistorius appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on 19 August for shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on 14 February in his Pretoria home.

At his bail hearing Pistorius submitted he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

Along with murder, Pistorius was also charged with contravening the Firearms Control Act.

The trial was moved to the high court in Pretoria and will run from 3 to 20 March. The indictment lists 107 witnesses to testify for the state.


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