Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Illness delays Pistorius trial

Oscar Pistorius's trial over the murder of his girlfriend has been adjourned in South Africa

The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has delayed proceedings until April 7.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said today that one of her two assessors, legal experts who are helping her with the case, was unwell and that the trial had to be delayed.

Defence lawyers for the double-amputee runner who killed his girlfriend last year were due to begin their case today after four weeks of prosecution-led testimony.

Pistorius said he shot Reeva Steenkamp by accident, mistaking her for an intruder in his home.

Prosecutors say he killed her after an argument.

AP

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