S. Africa's 'blade runner' in court for murder trial
By Hassan Isilow, Monday, March 03, 2014
PRETORIA – Oscar Pistorious, an internationally recognized Paralympian, arrives at Pretoria High court on Monday morning to face charges of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine`s Day last year at his home in Pretoria.
Accompanied by his uncle, Pistorious arrived through the main court entrance, evading many photojournalists and reporters who had expected him to arrive through the back entrance.
They came shortly after the arrival of his late girlfriend`s mother who had taken her seat in court.
The family and friends of the sports icon were seated at the front row of the courtroom while he stood inside the dock.
The prosecution accuses the double-amputee sports superstar of knowingly and intentionally killing his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorious, for his part, says he shot at the bathroom door of his house thinking an intruder had entered the home not knowing that his model girlfriend was inside.
"We are here to find out the truth of what happened to Reeva," Maria Nomufuna, a Pretoria resident, told Anadolu Agency inside court.
"Justice must prevail," she said.
Nomufuna said women have been victims of violence in South Africa and expect to see justice.
Popularly known as the blade runner, Pistorious was born without the fibulas in both of his legs.
He had his lower limbs amputated before he even completed his first year.
In 2004, he rose to fame at the age of 17 after winning gold at the Athens Paralympics games.
The sprinter has since continued to win several medals.
Pistorious made history in 2012 by becoming the first amputee runner to compete in the Olympics.
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