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Oscar Pistorius trial: Olympian on trial for murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Published on Mar 3, 2014 4:05 PM
 
South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appearing at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria, on Feb 20, 2013. "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday, March 3, 2014, for the start of his murder trial, opening a decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world's best-known athletes. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (REUTERS) - "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius arrived at the Pretoria High Court on Monday for the start of his murder trial, opening a decisive chapter in the story of the rise and fall of one of the world's best-known athletes.

The South African Olympic and Paralympic track star shot and killed his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013. The 27-year-old argues that it was a tragic case of mistaken identity and that he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the toilet.

Barring a last-minute change of heart, Pistorius, who appeared in court in a dark suit with a white shirt and tie, will enter a plea of "not guilty".

Prosecutors will seek to prove that Pistorius - known as"Blade Runner" after his carbon-fibre running prosthetics - fired four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through the door of the toilet adjoining the bedroom of his luxury Pretoria home in a deliberate attempt to kill whoever was behind it.

 
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