Oscar Pistorius Returns To Court Over Killing

June 4th, 20134:42 am @

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Oscar Pistorius is set to make a return to court today ahead of his trial in South Africa over the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Paralympic athlete has been in virtual isolation for four months after being freed on bail over the killing of Ms Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day at his home in a secure compound in Pretoria, Africa.

Prosecutors say the hearing at Pretoria Magistrates’ Court will likely only last 10 minutes and will be postponed until a date in August as police investigators continue to gather evidence.

Since leaving the court in South Africa’s capital, the 26-year-old double amputee has only been seen in public twice.

Pistorius and Ms Steenkamp had been dating for three months

Ms Steenkamp, 29, was shot dead through a locked toilet door at his home.

Pistorius is facing a murder charge but claims he killed his girlfriend by mistake, believing she was a dangerous intruder in his home.

Prosecutors maintain he killed her intentionally, knowing she was behind the door when he fired four times with a 9mm pistol.

After he was granted bail, he has been photographed on his practice track in March and reportedly visited a Johannesburg restaurant with friends in April.

It comes after the parents of his model girfriend spoke of their need for answers.

In a TV documentary, June Steenkamp said: “There is only one person who knows what happened.

“Why? Why did he shoot her? I want to know why he shot her.

“She must have been so afraid in the toilet. One bullet had already hit her, so she must have been in severe pain.”

The Channel 5 programme – Why Did Oscar Pistorius Kill Our Daughter? – also showed Ms Steenkamp’s personal photographs, letters and drawings.

Article source: http://news.sky.com/story/1099051