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Oscar Pistorius murder trial: 24 hours to go

Tomorrow Oscar Pistorius will stand trial for the Valentine’s Day murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears in the Pretoria Magistrate Court on 20 February 2013. Picture: AFP.
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JOHANNESBURG – With just over 24 hours to go until Oscar Pistorius stands trial for murder his family has closed ranks with the media, saying they will be supporting him during this time.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria-East home on Valentine’s Day last year. 

Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the Feather Awards, held on 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP

While he claims the shooting was a case of mistaken identity, the state argues it was murder.

On Saturday Pistorius’s family released what they claim is their last statement until the case is concluded.

Pistorius’s uncle Arnold says they won’t be commenting on any media reports linked to his nephew’s personal life. 

He describes the looming court appearance as a very serious trial and says the merits of the case must be left to the courts. 

The statement was published on the Blade Runner’s website, hours after footage of him firing the gun, which he’d apparently used to shoot Steenkamp with, at a shooting range was posted by various media.

The family also reiterated its support for Pistorius and says they love him and believe in him.

They have also chosen not to clarify if reports Pistorius is dating a 19-year-old from Pretoria are true. 

Meanwhile, the final technical tests of equipment have been conducted at the High Court in Pretoria ahead of the trial on Monday.

MultiChoice and Eyewitness News obtained a court order last week, granting the media permission to broadcast the trial.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)



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