Oscar Pistorius Goes On Trial For Reeva Steenkamp Murder

Oscar Pistorius arrives at court in Pretoria.
Oscar Pistorius arrives at court in Pretoria.

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has arrived in court in Pretoria at the start of his trial for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Mr Pistorius shot Ms Steenkamp, 29, a model and reality TV star, at his home in Pretoria on 14 February 2013.

State prosecutors allege the killing was premeditated, but he claims he mistook her for an intruder.

For the first time in South Africa, parts of the trial will be televised live. Media interest is high.

The arrest of the national sporting hero astounded South Africa.

Mr Pistorius’s uncle, brother and sister are also in court; next to them on the relatives’ bench is the family of Ms Steenkamp, including her mother June, our correspondent says.

The 27-year-old double amputee won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and also competed at the Olympics.

State prosecutors say Mr Pistorius planned the killing and shot Ms Steenkamp after a row.

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