Oscar Pistorius, the Paralympian gold medalist who killed his model girlfriend, will appear in court today as prosecutors request hearings in his premeditated murder case be postponed to give them more time to investigate.
The proceedings at the Pretoria Magistrates Court will probably last less than 10 minutes as Pistorius’s legal team won’t oppose the delay, according to the National Prosecuting Authority. The case is likely to be put off until August, it said.
Pistorius, known as the Blade Runner because of his prosthetic running blades, was released on 1 million rand ($100,000) bail on Feb. 22 after a four-day hearing. Prosecutors accuse him of deliberately shooting Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, in a bathroom at his Pretoria home. The athlete says that he mistook her for an intruder.
Pistorius, 26, was the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games, taking part at the London event last year. He was included in Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Pistorius, who won six Paralympic gold medals, was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated below the knee at 11 months old.
“We continue to have great faith in the South African legal justice system and believe that Oscar’s account of what happened on that terrible night in February will be borne out by the evidence that the defense team will lead in court,” Pistorius’s family said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.
Pistorius, who had his bail conditions eased to allow him to compete internationally, hasn’t resumed training, his agent Peet van Zyl said in April.
Nike Inc. (NKE), the world’s largest sporting-goods company, Luxottica Group SpA (LUX)’s Oakley and Clarins SA’s Thierry Mugler perfume brand have all ended sponsorship deals with Pistorius since the shooting.
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