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Pistorius Girlfriend Shot Dead One Year Ago On Valentine's Day

posted 13 Feb 2014, 08:03 by Mpelembe   [ updated 13 Feb 2014, 08:03 ]

Valentine's Day marks the first anniversary of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's death.

 PRETORIASOUTH AFRICA (REUTERS) -  South African police are ready to present their case when Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius goes on trial on March 3 for the murder of his girlfriend, domestic news agency SAPA reported on Wednesday (February 12).

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Pistorius says he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the head, arm and hip in the mistaken belief that she was an intruder at his upmarket home on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius, who is out on bail, could face life in prison if convicted in a case which has divided public opinion in South Africa.

One hundred and seven witnesses are expected to testify for the prosecution, including Pistorius' sister, uncle and residents of the Silver Woods Country Estate in Pretoria where he shot Steenkamp, a model.

Last October, prosecutors said Pistorius would face two additional gun-related charges related to previous incidents in which he is alleged to have fired a gun in a public space.

State lawyers plan to use forensics and witnesses who say they heard shouting before Steenkamp was shot to prove Pistorius killed his girlfriend in cold blood.

The 27-year-old double-amputee, who is known as "Blade Runner" for the prostheses he wears in competition, was one of the stars of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London and is one ofSouth Africa's most revered sportsmen.