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"Blade Runner" returns to court over girlfriend murder trial


18:17, June 04, 2013

PRETORIA, June 4 (Xinhua) -- After months of waiting, the case against track star Oscar Pistorius for shooting his girlfriend on Valentine's Day was postponed again on Tuesday in a Pretoria court until Aug. 19.

"Mister Pistorius, the matter against you is being postponed for further investigation," magistrate Daniel Thulare told the murder suspect, after Pistorius made a brief appearance in the court for no more than 20 minutes.

The double-amputee sprinter, a legend as being both Olympia and Paralympia athlete, is charged with premeditated murder for killing Reeva Steenkamp, 29, a model and law school graduate.

The judge also told Pistorius that his bail conditions remained the same, and released him on site. Pistorius swigged from water bottle then left courtroom with a neutral face, under the watch of over a hundred reporters and nearly two dozen television crews in and outside the court.

No detail was disclosed about the ongoing investigation, and most of Tuesday's trial was about the management concerns of the case.

"There seems to be somewhat of a trial by the media," said Thulare, as the judge apparently dislikes the pressure and information dig-up from the media.

Most of the comments on the social network expressed disappointment to the outcome, and Aug. 19 is coincidentally Reeva Steenkamp's birthday when she would turn 30.

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