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Justice

Oscar Pistorius trial postponed until August

A South African court has postponed the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius until August. The paralympian was charged with murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, earlier this year.

The Pretoria Magistrates Court granted a delay in the case of Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday. His defense team had requested Magistrate Daniel Thulare allow a postponement until August 19, arguing that authorities needed more time to complete an investigation before a trial could begin. 

The 26-year-old athlete's appearance in the Pretoria court was his first since being granted bail in late February.

Pistorius was charged with pre-meditated murder in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp after authorities found her dead with four gunshot wounds in his bathroom on Valentine's Day.

Steenkamp, 29, was well-known as a model and reality TV star.

While in police custody, Pistorius confessed to having shot her, but claimed that he had acted in self-defense. He had fired at what he had believed to be an intruder behind his locked bathroom door.

Judge Desmond Nair granted Pistorius bail, set at 1 million rand (85,500 euros, $113,000), citing the statement he had submitted to the court in which he admitted to an accidental killing of Steenkamp.

The double amputee athlete - nicknamed the "Blade Runner"  for his carbon fiber prosthetics - rose to international fame at the London Olympics and Paralympics of 2012. He was the first double amputee to ever compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympic games.

kms/ng (AP, AFP, Reuters, dpa)