Pistorius trial to start this week

IT has been billed as the trial of the century.

South Africans will be glued to their television sets this week for the start of the highly-anticipated Oscar Pistorius murder trail in Pretoria.

The sporting hero known as the "Blade Runner" has been charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Mr Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp, 29, three times through a toilet door at his home in the early hours of the morning.

State prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated, but he claims he mistook her for an intruder.

A South African judge ruled last week the trial could be partially televised.

He ruled the entire audio of the trial could be broadcast live along and sections of the trial will be filmed and televised live.

These included opening arguments, evidence of experts, police witnesses and closing arguments.

However, the judge ruled that the testimony of the accused and his witnesses could not be broadcast.

Mr Pistorius has always maintained his innocence and is expected to plead not guilty.


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