Pistorius to be charged with schedule six offence

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pretoria – Athlete Oscar Pistorius’s murder charge is to be treated as a schedule six category offence, Pretoria Magistrate Desmond Nair says.

This is a section of the Criminal Procedure Act (CPA) which deals with extremely serious offences.

Pistorius appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday. He was charged with murder on Friday after the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day at his home in Pretoria.

Steenkamp’s family has held a private funeral ceremony in her home town of Port Elizabeth.

The court is currently in recess and is then expected to proceed to the bail application. – SAnews.gov.za