Pistorius trial to begin in March over girlfriend's killing

South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will face trial in March next year charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, a court ruled Monday.

"Mr Pistorius, the matter is then transferred to the High Court and is scheduled to start on the 3rd of March 2014 and will run until the 20th of March 2014," magistrate Desmond Nair said.

Pistorius was handed a copy of the indictment and the court adjourned.