5 Jun 2013

Oscar Pistorius trial postponed

9:16 pm on 5 June 2013

A South African judge has postponed the trial of Oscar Pistorius over the killing of his girlfriend at the request of the prosecution.

The 26-year-old Olympic athlete made a brief appearance at Pretoria Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Mr Pistorius has admitted killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by firing four shots through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home in February.

Judge Daniel Thulare postponed the case until 19 August after prosecutors asked for more time to prepare their case, Reuters reports. They did not provide details.

Judge Thulare criticised domestic and international media coverage of the case, and said there appeared to be trial by media.

Pistorius remained composed throughout the 10-minute hearing, and was driven away afterwards in a sports utility vehicle with tinted windows.

In testimony at the February bail hearing, his lawyers said the shooting was a tragic mistake and Pistorius was acting in self-defence against what he thought was an intruder.

Prosecutors accused him of premeditated murder for firing into the door, hitting the 29-yer-old model in the head, hip and arm.