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Final week for Pistorius prosecution

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LIVE: Coverage of murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. May include graphic evidence

The murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has entered its fourth week.

The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case this week, with Mr Pistorius himself expected to testify later.

On Sunday the trial timeline was extended and will now run until the middle of May.

Mr Pistorius denies intentionally shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year, saying he mistook her for an intruder.

Prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel said last week that his team would call five more witnesses before completing its evidence.

The defence team, led by Barry Roux, will then call upon its own witnesses, including Mr Pistorius himself.


Last week the trial heard evidence from ballistics experts and computer forensic teams who described the sequence and timing of the shots that killed Ms Steenkamp.

There has been intense media interest in the case in South Africa and beyond because of Mr Pistorius’ status as a national sporting hero.

He is a double amputee who holds six Paralympic medals and also competed in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius says he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake after mistaking her for an intruder

The prosecution accuses Mr Pistorius of intentionally shooting Ms Steenkamp – a model, reality TV celebrity and law graduate – after an argument.

But the athlete maintains he believed his girlfriend was in bed and that an intruder had entered the bathroom when he shot at the toilet door in the early hours of 14 February 2013.

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

If found guilty, the 27-year-old – dubbed the “blade runner” because of the prosthetic limbs he wore to race – could face life imprisonment.

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