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Pistorius will not be first defence witness: Lawyer

Published on Apr 2, 2014 6:09 AM
Oscar Pistorius leaves the court after his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was postponed at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on March 28, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius is not expected to be the first defence witness to take the stand when his murder trial resumes next week, one of his lawyers said on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

The 27-year-old sprinter, a double amputee known as the "Blade Runner", is accused of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

The defence will begin to present its case at a Pretoria court on Monday.

While the law states that the accused must be the defence's first witness if he chooses to take the stand, it is now expected that lawyers will ask for forensics expert Jan Botha to be allowed to testify before Pistorius.

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