Oscar Pistorius Trial 2014: High Profile Murder Case Awaits Judgement; What Will Pretoria Judge Decide?
By Gopi Chandra Kharel | March 3, 2014 2:37 AM EST
Oscar Pistorius, a name that has consistently been in the headlines over the last one year for all the wrong reasons, was once a national hero for South Africa. But now the double-amputee, better known as "Blade Runner", faces murder charges in a much talked-about trial due Monday.
Oscar Pistorius and his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The double-amputee, better known as "Blade Runner" faces murder charges in a much talked-about trial due by Monday. (Reuters)
The former Olympian, best remembered for his performance at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London representing South Africa, will finally go on trial for the alleged murder of his girlfriend on 3 March.
Model Reeva Steenkamp was found dead inside the bathroom of Pistorius' Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year.
The 27-year old has not denied shooting Steenkamp but has always defended himself by saying he mistook her for a burglar. He has denied charges of murder. Meanwhile, the prosecutors have said that he knew Steenkamp was inside the bathroom and that he deliberately shot her.
The Judge in the Pretoria Court now has the daunting task of deciding whether Pistorius is saying the truth.
Meanwhile, Judge Dunstan Mlambo recently raised a few eyebrows by announcing that the entire audio of the double amputee's trial could be broadcast live, and sections of the trail could be filmed and televised live as well.
While Pistorius' story has already had much international attention, the fact that people across the world will see the trial live will further intensify the global attention the case has garnered.
As Pistorius awaits trial for the murder of girlfriend Steenkamp, reports have also surfaced that he is dating a teenage college student; a story many are likely to think of as a hint on why he would murder Steenkamp in the first place.
The double-amputee sprinter reportedly wears a disguise to avoid being detected, when he goes out with the 19-year-old student identified as Leah Skye Malan. The teen is reportedly studying to become a paramedic.
Cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom for some parts of Monday's trial. It will be the first time a trial is being broadcast in South Africa, according to reports.
The judge has said that the live telecast is being made available to strike a fine balance between Pistorius' right to a fair trial and the freedom of media.
Now all eyes will be on South Africa, for the trial of one of the high profile criminal cases of the time.
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