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'Blade Runner' murder trial adjourned until August

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'Blade Runner' murder trial adjourned until August


Oscar Pistorius had to force his way through a media scrum to attend a pre-trial hearing in Pretoria.

The South African paralympic champion has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius has admitted shooting Steenkamp four times through a locked bathroom door in his Pretoria residence on February 14. The athlete’s legal team claim the killing was a tragic mistake and Pistorius acted in self-defence against what he thought was an intruder.

The prosecution accuse him of premeditated murder.

The judge adjourned the case until August 19 after both prosecution and defence asked for more time to prepare their cases.

Pistorius was one of the stars of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London, carrying South Africa’s flag at the closing ceremonies for the Games.

His arrest and subsequent murder charge shocked millions around the world as he was seen as a symbol of triumph over adversity. In South Africa, he was a hero for both black and white people, transcending the racial divides that persist 19 years after the end of apartheid.

Pistorius has mostly kept out of the public eye since he secured bail. Media reported that in April he partied at a nightclub in a Johannesburg suburb after his bail conditions were relaxed the previous month.

The Pistorius camp said the matter was blown out of proportion and he went out for a quiet dinner with friends after spending weeks in the house with family. South Africa does not have trial by jury so pre-trial media coverage is seldom deemed to be prejudicial.

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