Oscar Pistorius murder trial extended until mid-May

Monday March 24, 2014

Just as the murder trial of Oscar Pistorious is going into its fourth week, it has been confirmed by the Gauteng province court that the trial will be on-going until 16 May.

Paying for the legal costs of the trial out of his own pocket has resulted in financial difficulties for the athlete, and he is now selling his Pretoria mansion where former girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot on Valentine’s Day last year.

His lawyer Brian Webber said in a statement: "Due to the delay in finalising the trial, the decision to urgently dispose of his single biggest asset has had to be made."

Since the trial started, the 27-year-old suspect has lost important contracts with Nike, sunglass maker Oakley and French designer Thierry Mugler, reportedly worth more than $2 million.

While prosecutors argue he intentionally shot and killed Reeva, Oscar pleaded not guilty, claiming he shot her by mistake thinking she was an intruder.

If the South African athlete is convicted, he will most definitely receive life sentence, serving a minimum of 25 years behind bars.
 

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