Oscar Pistorius in the dock in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on 4 June 2013 in connection with the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN
PRETORIA – Eyewitness News understands forensic reports are holding up the case against murder accused Oscar Pistorius.
The athlete, who shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria east home on Valentine’s Day, is currently out on bail of a R1 million.
Pistorius made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday where the matter was postponed until the 19th of August, the same day as Steenkamp’s birthday.
Police have until the middle of August to complete the forensic analysis of the toilet cubicle door through which Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Steenkamp.
It’s understood the door is being studied to establish the trajectory of the bullets Pistorius fired, which would indicate where he was standing and whether he was wearing his prosthesis when he pulled the trigger.
Defence Advocate Barry Roux did not oppose the state’s request for a postponement, indicating that they were satisfied with the progress of the investigation.
Its understood prosecutors handed over copies of crime scene photos expected to be used in the trial.
Meanwhile, Pistorius’s family have remained firmly behind him by demonstrating their support during his appearance.
Pistorius’s sister Aimee was the first relative to take up her seat in the gallery row directly behind the dock.
She was later joined by her brother Carl and their uncle Arnold, who has taken on a paternal role for the athlete.
Arnold’s four daughters and his sons-in-law also came out in support of their cousin.
Notably absent was Pistorius’s father Henke, who had a fall out with the family after making controversial remarks to the international media during his bail application.
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