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Oscar Pistorius 10 MarchOscar Pistorius arrived at court for the second week of his murder trial

The judge in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial has banned all live broadcast of autopsy evidence given by a forensic medicine expert.

Pathologist Gert Saayman said that broadcasting his report could compromise the “dignity of the deceased”.

The Paralympic athlete denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

On Monday the trial entered its second week.

Earlier, a security guard at the compound where Mr Pistorius lived defended his own account of phone calls made in the minutes after the shooting of Ms Steenkamp.


Reeva Steenkamp and Oscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door

Pieter Baba said he had phoned Mr Pistorius and not the other way round, as the defence team had suggested.

Mr Pistorius says he mistook the 29-year-old model and aspiring lawyer for an intruder.

If found guilty, the 27-year-old, a national sporting hero dubbed the “blade runner”, could face life imprisonment.

On Friday Mr Baba, a security guard working at Mr Pistorius’ gated community, spoke of his shock at seeing Mr Pistorius carrying a dying Ms Steenkamp down the stairs at the athlete’s villa.

Mr Baba said he had called Mr Pistorius in response to neighbours’ reports of gunfire from the house in the early hours of the morning.

The guard said Mr Pistorius had told him: “Everything is fine,” before calling him back a few minutes later and crying down the phone.

On Monday, Mr Pistorius’ defence lawyer suggested the athlete had called Mr Baba first and not the other way round, but the witness stuck to his testimony.

Mr Pistorius’ lawyer, Barry Roux, then suggested his client had said: “I am fine,” and not: “Everything is fine,” but again the witness said this was not true.

“My Lady, what I just told the court is the truth,” Mr Baba told the judge.


Distraught

During an emotional testimony on Friday, his former girlfriend, Samantha Taylor, described how Mr Pistorius fired his gun from his car. The athlete denies doing so.

Mr Pistorius has appeared distraught as the events of 14 February 2013 have been recounted in the court in Pretoria.

The state is seeking to convince the court that Mr Pistorius and Ms Steenkamp, a model, reality TV star and law graduate, had an argument before the athlete fired the shots that killed his girlfriend.

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

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