Pistorius trial extended until 16 May

Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

FILE: Murder accused Oscar Pistorius's trial has been extended until 16 May. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been extended until 16 May in the Pretoria High Court.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.

In his defence Pistorius claims he mistook her for an intruder but the state has charged him with premeditated murder, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Judiciary spokesperson Lulama Luti says, "I can confirm that the Oscar Pistorius matter is now set to continue from tomorrow until the 16th of May and there will only be a break on the 7th and 11th of April when the court will be in recess after which the trial will resume on 14 April until 16 May."

Pistorius recently made known his plans to sell his upmarket Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria to fund his legal fees.

His lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement, "It has become necessary to sell Mr Pistorius's home in the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria in order for him to raise the necessary funds to cover his increasing legal costs."

The murder trial, which entered its third week last Monday, reportedly costs the 'Blade Runner' as much as R100,000 a day.

The trial resumes on Monday morning.

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