Oscar Pistorius hearing postponed to August 19

Prosecutors have charged the star sprinter with premeditated murder of his former girlfriend. Conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

updated: June 04, 2013 17:58 IST
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Pretoria: A South African court on Tuesday postponed the pre-trial hearing of Oscar Pistorius to August 19 to allow police to wrap up their probe into his Valentine's Day shooting of model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Looking tense and somber in a grey suit and blue shirt and tie, the 26-year-old Paralympian dubbed the "Blade Runner" briefly appeared in court for the first time since being released on bail over the murder that shattered his hero image.

In a macabre coincidence, his next court appearance will fall on the same day that his slain lover would have turned 30.

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