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Closing arguments begin for Pistorius murder trial

Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 00:32

Oscar Pistorius is back in court for closing arguments. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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South African athlete Oscar Pistorius on Thursday (August 7) arrived at the High Court in Pretoria for the resumption of his murder trial. The court was postponed until August 7 for closing arguments. Pistorius stands accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. Pistorius, a double amputee athlete, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend. A psychiatric report earlier in July found that Pistorius has post traumatic stress disorder and is at an increasing risk of suicide. His defence team have sought throughout the trial to portray Pistorius as a vulnerable individual who killed 29-year-old Steenkamp accidentally after mistaking her for an intruder hiding behind a closed toilet door. Further psychiatric evaluation of the athlete said he was not suffering from a mental condition when he shot Steenkamp, meaning he had the ability to distinguish between the rightful or wrongful nature of his actions. Pistorius was once revered around the world as the ultimate example of triumph over adversity as he overcame having his lower legs amputated at birth to compete alongside able-bodied athletes at the London 2012 Olympics.

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Closing arguments begin for Pistorius murder trial

Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 00:32