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Oscar Pistorius murder trial starts in South Africa

7:06pm: We have just been told we should be underway in about half an hour. The judge is ready, but there is a problem with the translation service. Upvotes:1 Downvotes:0 Copy Link
Pistorius made history at the 2012 London Olympics. Photo: Getty Images
7:05pm: Born Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius in 1986, the athlete had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old.  He began running on prosthetics at the age of 16, and won gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.  In 2012 he became the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes, in the London Olympic Games.  In February 2013, he was an international sports hero with dozens of endorsements, including Nike. But the shooting of his glamorous girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, changed that. He claims he had mistaken her for an intruder, but it seems unlikely his reputation will ever be restored. Upvotes:1 Downvotes:0 Copy Link
7:02pm: Born Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius in 1986, the athlete had both legs amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old.  He began running on prosthetics at the age of 16, and won gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.  In 2012 he became the first amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes, in the London Olympic Games.  In February 2013, he was an international sports hero with dozens of endorsements, including Nike. But the shooting of his glamorous girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He claims he had mistaken her for an intruder. Upvotes:1 Downvotes:0 Copy Link
6:57pm: In the meantime, South Africas Sunday Times newspaper reported at the weekend that Pistorius has a new love interest.Her name, according to their report, is Leah Skye Malan, a paramedic student who apparently met the accused athlete on holidays in Mozambique.She does not appear to be in court. Upvotes:1 Downvotes:0 Copy Link
6:53pm: We are still waiting for proceedings to get underway here ... Judge Thokozile Masipa has not yet arrived on the bench.Oscar Pistorius continues to talk quietly with his legal team, write in an A4 notebook, and sip from a bottle of water. We are running close to an hour behind schedule. Upvotes:1 Downvotes:0 Copy Link
6:22pm: In court today is Ms Steenkamps mother, June, who arrived fighting back tears. Dressed head-to-foot in black, she is accompanied by a number of family and friends. Also in court is Pistoriuss family - uncle Arnold, sister Aimee and brother Carl, among other supporters.
June Steenkamp arrives at the high court for the start of the trial. Photo: AP Upvotes:1 Downvotes:0 Copy Link
6:19pm: Just to recap - Olympian and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is standing trial for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.He admits shooting her dead on February 14 last year - but claims he was trying to protect himself and Reeva from a dangerous intruder.He fired four shots into a closed - and locked - bathroom door in his home in Pretoria in the early hours of Valentines Day. Ms Steenkamp died almost instantly. Upvotes:1 Downvotes:0 Copy Link
6:14pm: He is sitting patiently waiting for the judge, Thokozile Masipa to arrive on the bench. He looks composed, but nervous. As you would be.Pistorius is scribbling in an A4 notebook, and intermittently talking with his lawyers. Upvotes:1 Downvotes:0 Copy Link
6:10pm: The man known around the world as Blade Runner has arrived in the Pretoria High Court for the beginning of his murder trial.Oscar Pistorius snuck in a side door, avoiding a huge media throng - at least until he made it inside. Upvotes:1 Downvotes:0 Copy Link

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