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Weeping Pistorius to return to court

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is due back in court after the judge adjourned his murder trial when he broke down in tears during testimony.

Pistorius sobbed on Tuesday as he recounted finding the body of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the toilet floor of his home.

He said he had shot her through the door after mistaking her for a burglar in the late-night incident last year.

Prosecutors in Pretoria contend he intentionally killed her after a row.

The 27-year-old Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who is a double amputee, faces life imprisonment if convicted of murder.

If acquitted, South African law stipulates that the court must consider the separate, lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for which he could receive between six and 15 years in prison.

Pistorius also faces charges of illegally firing a gun in public and of illegally possessing ammunition, both of which he denies.

There are no juries at trials in South Africa, and his fate will ultimately be decided by the judge, assisted by two assessors.

On Tuesday, Pistorius gave his version of the lead-up to the shooting and the actual event.

In the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013, he said, he had got up from bed to bring in some fans he had left outside, in order to cool his bedroom.

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