American forensic experts to help Oscar Pistorius’ defence team

Forensic investigators from America will assist murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius’ defence team with his trial.

“I can confirm that a team of forensic investigators from America will be working with the defence team,” Pistorius’ spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said.

“It’s very standard practice to work with experts during the preparation of any trial.”

She said the team arrived yesterday at Pistorius’s Pretoria home with his lawyers.

Burgess said they would not go into the details of the investigators’ work and said that was all she could say.

Pistorius appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on August 19 for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14 in his Pretoria home.

At his bail hearing, Pistorius submitted he thought Steenkamp was an intruder.

Along with murder, Pistorius was also charged with contravening the Firearms Control Act.

The trial was moved to the High Court in Pretoria and would run from March 3 to 20. The indictment lists 107 witnesses to testify for the State.

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