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'Blade Runner' Pistorius back in court
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'Blade Runner' Pistorius back in court

Aug 19 2013, 6:44am CDT | by IANS

Pretoria, Aug 19 (IANS) Paralympian Oscar Pistorius reappeared at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court Monday morning to hear murder charges against him.

Pretoria, Aug 19 — Paralympian Oscar Pistorius reappeared at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court Monday morning to hear murder charges against him. His court reappearance coincides with the 30th...

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'Blade Runner' Pistorius back in court

Aug 19 2013, 6:44am CDT | by IANS

Pretoria, Aug 19 (IANS) Paralympian Oscar Pistorius reappeared at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court Monday morning to hear murder charges against him.

Pretoria, Aug 19 — Paralympian Oscar Pistorius reappeared at the Pretoria Magistrate's Court Monday morning to hear murder charges against him.

His court reappearance coincides with the 30th birthday of his girlfriend Reeva Stamkemp whom he shot dead at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day, Feb 14, this year, reports Xinhua.

Amid heavy police presence, Pistorius entered the court room packed with his family members and a strong media contingent.

Last week, police said they had concluded their investigation of Pistorius's murder case.

Pistorius and his defence team will get a full picture of what evidence the state has against him and how it will try and prove he murdered Steenkamp.

Pistorius said he shot Steemkamp, mistaking her for a burglar. But police do not support his accounts and argue a case of premeditated murder.

The state is preparing to serve the indictment on him. When the indictment is served, the state is also expected to disclose the docket of evidence to allow the accused to prepare a defence.

In addition to the murder charge, Pistorius reportedly faces two new charges -- the first charge related to Pistorius firing his gun out of the sunroof of a friend's car while driving home from a holiday, and the second charge allegedly related to Pistorius accidentally firing his friend's gun in a Johannesburg restaurant.

The athlete is currently out on 1-million-rand (about $100,000) bail.

While there's been no confirmation of a trial date, it's expected to be set for March next year.

Pistorius is known as the Blade Runner because of his carbon fibre prosthetic blades. He was the first double amputee to run in the Olympics. He reached the 400 meters semi-finals at the London 2012 Games.

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Oscar Pistorious found not guilty of murder, still faces culpable homicide charge

Sep 11 2014 8:16am CDT | Source: SBNation

A South African judge ruled on the two most severe charges against South African 2012 Olympic runner Oscar Pistorious on Thursday, but will issue a decision on a lesser charge Friday. Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty Thursday of the two most serious charges he faced for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa ruled that Pistorious was not guilty of premeditated murder and also not guilty of a lesser c ...
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