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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Pistorius to face trial as murder probe ends

Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp. Photo: Reuters
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp. Photo: Reuters

SOUTH African police have completed their murder investigation into global track and field star Oscar Pistorius, who will appear in court next week to receive detailed charges over the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend.

The double-amputee, known as Blade Runner, is due in court on August 19.

He was released on bail in February after being charged with murder.

Police said yesterday they had used forensic experts, ballistics experts, psychologists and technology experts to investigate the death of model Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot by Pistorius through a closed bathroom door at his Pretoria home.

"It is expected that he will be served with an indictment and that the matter will be postponed. The prosecution, in collaboration with the defence team, will agree on a trial date," police said in a statement.

In the South African legal system, an indictment is a more detailed charge sheet used to move a case from a lower court to a high court.

Pistorius (26) admitted to firing four shots at Steenkamp (29), both above, hitting her in the head, arm and hip.

In pre-trial testimony, Pistorius's lawyers told a magistrates' court the shooting had been a tragic mistake and the athlete was acting in self-defence against what he thought was an intruder.

Prosecutors accused him of premeditated murder for killing model Steenkamp.

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