PRETORIA, South Africa – The homicide trial of Oscar Pistorius has been delayed until April 7 because one of the authorized consultants who will help the decide in reaching a verdict is sick, the decide said Friday.
Decide Thokozile Masipa announced the delay in court docket, abruptly ending expectations that the double-amputee runner was about to testify about his fatal capturing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last 12 months.
"One among my assessors just isn't nicely, so this court docket is not correctly constituted," Masipa stated. "I counsel that we postpone this matter until the seventh of April."
Masipa has two assessors who sit on either side of her within the courtroom. South Africa does not have a jury system, and Masipa will deliver a verdict.
Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated homicide for killing Steenkamp.
Protection legal professionals have been because of start their case Friday after 4 weeks of prosecution-led testimony.
Pistorius says he shot Steenkamp accidentally, mistaking her for an intruder in his residence and opening hearth by a closed bathroom door in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. Prosecutors say he killed her after an argument.