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Oscar Pistorius murder trial postponed for 10 days after court assessor is taken ill

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Oscar Pistorius’ trial has been postponed for more than a week on the day the athlete was expected to take the stand, after one of the court’s legal assessors was taken ill.

The Blade Runner’s defence had been due to open on the 28th March.

The court room in Pretoria was packed, with it being widely believed that Pistorius would be the first witness called.

When he does give evidence it will be the first time we have heard, in his own words, his account of what happened in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013, when his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp died.

He admits shooting the model through the door of his en-suite bathroom, but claims he mistook her for an intruder.

Those in court on the 28th March ¬†included Pistorius’ siblings Aimee and Carl, and Reeva’s mum June.

But they must now wait for the trial to continue after Judge Thokozile Masipa announced that one of her assessors was ill.

As the court was no longer “properly constituted”, she requested that the trial be postponed until Monday April 7.

Both the prosecution and the defence teams agreed.

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