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Oscar Pistorius pleads not guilty as trial starts

Pretoria, South Africa - South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius Monday pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, as his trial over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp started at the North Guateng High Court in South Africa.

The trial was delayed by more than an hour because a language interpreter, who was required for the first witness, had to be located.

Earlier, Pistorius arrived at court dressed in a suit and tie and walked past hordes of reporters into the Court.

The man known as the 'Blade Runner', is accused of shooting dead his 29-year-old girlfriend, Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day last year.

Though he admitted firing the shots that killed her, Pistorius said he thought he was shooting an intruder.

Steenkamp’s mother June sat impassively as the accused was ushered into the court through a side entrance.

Outside the court, there was a heavy security presence with dozens of policemen monitoring the court.

In the early hours of Monday, sniffer dogs were sent through the court buildings to ensure it was completely safe.

PANA reports that numerous satellite broadcasting vehicles lined Madiba Street outside the court while a large  airborne camera attached to a drone hovered above the building.

Pistorius, who was born with deformed legs, shot to international stardom when he outran able-bodied athletes on his “blades”.

Pana 04/03/2014