Oscar Pistorius murder trial set for March

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius will stand trial in March next year accused of the premeditated murder of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp following a short hearing at Pretoria magistrates' court on Monday.

The Paralympic star was formally charged with Ms Steenkamp's murder on what would have been her 30th birthday.

Mr Pistorius (pictured in court) was granted bail in February and denies murdering Ms Steenkamp.

The double-amputee fired four shots through a bathroom door at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day.

He says he shot her after mistaking her for an intruder.

The prosecutor in the case said the dates of 3 to 20 March had been mutually agreed for the trial and he handed over details of the prosecution's case against Mr Pistorius, 26, including a witness list and forensic reports.

If convicted, he faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison.

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