Oscar Pistorius murder case postponed as judge warns of 'trial by media'

Oscar Pistorius in the dock at the Pretoria Magistrates court today. Credit: Reuters

Oscar Pistorius' murder trial was adjourned until mid August today after the prosecution requested more time for further investigation.

During the brief pre-trial hearing a South African magistrate warned against "trial by media" as the athlete appeared in court for the first time since being freed on bail over the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Daniel Thulare said he was "worried" by aspects of reporting about the killing after prosecutor Andrea Johnson asked for a postponement of the hearing to allow for further investigation of the case.

ITV News' Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports:

The 26-year-old double amputee and six-time Paralympic sprint champion is accused of murdering Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate on February 14th this year.

The athlete has said he shot Ms Steenkamp through a bathroom door thinking an intruder was inside his house.

Appearing in court in Pretoria, clean shaven Pistorius, dressed in a dark suit and tie, was calm and composed throughout the hearing.

He spoke only to confirm that he had understood after the magistrate confirmed that the hearing would be postponed until August 19th and the same bail conditions would apply.

The South African athlete is expected to stand trial later this year or early next year.

This video shows Oscar Pistorius exit the court in Pretoria through a scrum of media and police: