South African Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius on Monday entered a “not guilty” plea as his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp resumed. The trial first had to be delayed following issues with an interpreter. Checks revealed that the interpreter was only told on Monday that he would be interpreting the Pistorius trial. The interpreter got overwhelmed by the information, which had an effect on the timing of the sitting on Monday.
When the proceedings began eventually, the charges were read by the prosecutor, Gerrie Nel and the accused person pleaded not guilty. The charges included murder, two firearm charges and illegal possession of ammunition.
At the trial, Pistorius’ lawyer, Kenneth Oldwadge denied claims by some possible witnesses that there was a fight before the shooting.
Oscar Pistorius went as far as accusing the Police as he said they were “falsely trying to incriminate me”. He also blamed the police for “tampering” with the crime scene. “I am unable to comprehend on what basis that the state could rely on the possibility of an argument between Reeva and I,” he said. He also stated that the state’s attempt to use inadmissible evidence is “aimed at assassination of my character.”