. Charged with murder and illegal possession of ammunition
South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius was back in court on Monday for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp on February 14. While Pistorius claimed he mistook her for an intruder, prosecutors argue the murder was premeditated.
Reeva would have celebrated her 30th birthday on Monday.
Police explosive teams conducted a quick scan of the courtroom before the hearing commenced. Reporters were asked to leave the courtroom temporarily while the sweep was conducted.
The hearing commenced with the prosecutor asking that the case against Oscar Pistorius be moved to the High Court. The indictment was handed over and the trial has been scheduled for the High Court from March 3 through March 20, 2014. Details of the transfer to the High Court were explained as the defendant was asked to rise.
The indictment contains two charges; murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act.
The first count which borders on murder has it that the accused “intentionally” and “unlawfully” killed Reeva Steenkamp while the second borders on unlawful possession of ammunition.
The State claimed in the indictment that Steenkamp locked herself in the toilet cubicle before she was shot by Oscar Pistorius who “armed himself and fired 4 shots through the door”. It was also contained in the indictment that “some of the state witnesses heard a woman scream, followed by a silence then heard gunshots.” The State also claimed that there was “more screaming” after the gunshots.
The state expects to call 107 witnesses in the course of the trial, including family, friends, neighbours, forensic experts, legal experts and police as it insisted that the shots were fired with the “direct intention to kill a person”.
Pistorius has been on bail since February 22.