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Pistorius hearing adjourned


JOHANNESBURG — South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has returned to court for the first time since he was freed on bail over the killing of his girlfriend.

BBC Sport

The pre-trial hearing was brief, with the prosecution and defence seeking a postponement until August.

Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his house in Pretoria on February 14.

He denies committing murder, saying he was acting in self-defence after mistaking her for an intruder.

The case is unlikely to come to a full trial until early next year, the BBC’s Andrew Harding reports from South Africa.

Yesterday morning’s hearing at Pretoria Magistrates Court was attended by Pistorius’s sister and brother as well as other family and friends.

The athlete wore a grey suit and appeared composed in the face of dozens of clicking cameras, witnesses said.

The prosecution asked for the hearing to be postponed until August 19 saying it needed “time for further investigation”. The prosecutor said the date had been agreed by the defence team.

The magistrate agreed to the date, but queried why both the defence and prosecution had asked not to reveal the details of their agreement over the postponement.

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