Oscar Pistorius Defence Postponed

The defence in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been postponed until April 7, as one of the assessors assisting the judge took ill.

The paralympic athlete who was billed to take the stand today as the only witness to the alleged murder, would have to wait to give his testimony when the trial resumes.

The trial, taking place in the South African city of Pretoria, has already had 15 days of prosecution-led testimony.

Pistorius denies deliberately shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in February 2013, maintaining that he mistook her for an intruder. Prosecutors, however allege that he killed her after an argument.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, who announced that the assessor was ill, said that in her absence, the court was “not properly constituted.”

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