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Pretoria - The world is expected to get answers early next year as to what happened in the early hours of Valentine’s Day this year, when Oscar Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
The trial date for the high-profile case has been set for February 24 to March 14 next year.
The Pretoria News has learnt the trial is expected to run for three weeks in the Pretoria High Court. It is, however, not known at this stage who will preside over the trial of the double-amputee athletics Olympian.
Pistorius will on Monday – on Steenkamp’s 30th birthday – again appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court when he is expected to be served with the indictment.
This should shed some light on which way the State’s case is going and whether the State intends to persist with proving Pistorius had the intention to kill the blonde beauty. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel earlier told the court the State was set on proving premeditated murder.
An indictment, apart from stating the charge and a short description of it, also contains a short summary of what the State intended to prove happened.
There will also be a lot of interest in the list of witnesses the State intends to call during the trial, which forms part of an indictment and which has to be made known to an accused prior to a trial.
Monday’s proceedings are expected to be brief and merely a formal handing over of the indictment, before the matter is referred to the high court.
The police this week confirmed they had finalised their investigation, after “working around the clock” for weeks.
They also confirmed that the case docket – containing, among others, statements of witnesses the State intends to call – has been submitted to court.
The police said they had used the expertise of forensic and ballistics experts, psychologists and technology experts.
The State is expected to rely heavily on their expertise.
While admitting that he shot his girlfriend, Pistorius, through his legal team, told the court during his bail application in February he believed there was an intruder in his Pretoria East home when he fired several shots through the toilet door.
He claims he had no idea Steenkamp was behind the door.
Pistorius is on bail of R1 million.