Court adjourns trial of Oscar Pistorius to August 19

Oscar Pistorius

The police said they are yet to conclude investigations.

A Pretoria Magistrate Court on Tuesday adjourned to August 18 the murder trial of South African paralympian gold medallist, Oscar Pistorius, to allow for further investigation.

At a pre-trial hearing, Acting Magistrate Daniel Thulare of Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, said the matter was adjourned to the new date on the request of the prosecutors to give the police more time to carry out further investigations.

Mr. Thulare also said the amended bail conditions would still apply to the bail granted Pistorius

“Pistorius, the matter against you has been postponed for further investigation,” Mr. Thulare told the court..

Addressing the court earlier, Police prosecutor Andrea Johnson made an application requesting for the adjournment of the hearing noting that the prosecution had not completed investigations into the matter.

“The application for the adjournment is based on a request by the police that they needed more time to carry out further investigations,” she said.

Mr. Johnson also said that further details on the adjournment would not be discussed, as agreed by both parties.

Counsel to Pistorius, Barry Roux, in his submission told the court that both parties had agreed with the terms of adjournment..

“On August 19, it won’t be only to report back, because we intend go ahead with the trial. It is our considered view that investigation would have been concluded before that date and that the trial would start in earnest,” Mr. Roux said.

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

Pistorius was charged with premeditated murder after he allegedly shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home on February 14.

In a statement read in court during a bail hearing, the defence counsel stated that Pistorius thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

He was released on bail on February 22, with conditions which banned him undertaking any international travel and from alcohol consumption.

(NAN)


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