PRETORIA: ‘ OSCAR PISTORIUS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA (Pretoria) – October 21 – South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to a maximum of five years in prison for the Valentine’s Day, 2013, killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee Olympic runner was given a suspended, three-year sentence for an unrelated firearms charge.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling more than seven months after the Olympic runner’s trial for killing Steenkamp started.

She earlier found him guilty of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter.

He was acquitted of murder.

Pistorius testified during his murder trial that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

It was not immediately clear if Pistorius would appeal the ruling.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty of Culpable Homicide ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA – (Pretoria) – September 12 – A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.

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Sept. 12, 2014: Oscar Pistorius, right, arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP)

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.

The sentence for a culpable homicide conviction is at the judge’s discretion, and it can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing was to be announced at a later date.

Pistorius was also convicted on one of three unrelated firearm charges. The judge ruled that the athlete was guilty of unlawfully firing a gun in a public place when a friend’s pistol he was handling discharged under a table in a restaurant in Johannesburg in early 2013 — weeks before Steenkamp’s killing.

Pistorius was acquitted on two other gun charges, including a count of firing a gun in public and a count of illegal possession of ammunition in the Pretoria home where he killed Steenkamp.

On Thursday the judge found there was not enough evidence to convict him of pre-meditated murder.  

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Oscar Pistorius Trial : ` Reeva Steenkamp was Shot in Rapid Fire Differing from Police Ballistics '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 16 – (BBC) – The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete’s murder trial.


This differs from a police ballistics witness who said there was short break between the first and second shots.

Mr Pistorius denies intentionally killing Ms Steenkamp in early hours of Valentine’s Day last year.

He says he fired rapidly in fear through the toilet door after he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder.

The prosecution says the 29-year-old model and law graduate was deliberately killed after the couple had an argument.

The double amputee Olympic and Paralympic athlete faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

The trial has been adjourned until Thursday, which will be the last day before a break; proceedings will resume on Monday 5 May.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: ` Murder Trial Jury gets to see the Valentines Card which he gave to his Girlfriend '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 15 – (BBC) – The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has seen a Valentine’s card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had intended to give him before he shot her dead.

The South African Olympic sprinter read the poem to the court after five days of gruelling cross-examination.

Earlier, he said he was “heartbroken” when he saw her body in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last February.

Mr Pistorius denies murder, saying he fired through a door in fear, believing there was an intruder behind it.

It has been exhausting just to watch Oscar Pistorius – doubled up on the ropes for hour after hour, heavy arms trying to fend off another clinical combination of lethal jabs and low blows from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

As the athlete finally slinks wearily back across the court from the witness stand to the dock, he must know that the last five days have done him few favours in this trial.

He has been forgetful, evasive, agitated, uncertain, argumentative, and defiantly – some would say deliberately – ambiguous about some of the key issues at the heart of this murder trial. However well his forensic experts proceed to shore up his testimony in the coming days, his credibility has been damaged.

I have been fending off emails from members of the public anxious to unearth some “smoking gun” detail that can resolve this case once and for all.

But the reality, from my vantage point in the public gallery here, is that there is no “smoking gun” – besides the obviously literal one.

The prosecution says he deliberately shot dead Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, after the couple had had an argument.

He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

Mr Pistorius’ defence lawyer Barry Roux presented to the court the Valentine card which Ms Steenkamp had got the athlete.

The double-amputee sprinter, 27, read it out in a trembling voice.

The front of the card reads: “Roses are red, violets are blue…”

Inside, she had written: “I think today is a good day to tell you that, I love you.”

Ms Steenkamp was shot dead in the early hours of Valentine’s Day – before they had opened each other’s cards and gifts.

The athlete has previously told the court he only opened the card on Ms Steenkamp’s birthday, in August 2013.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial : ` Prosecutor `Suggested South African Athlete is Using his Emotions ' as an Escape '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 14 – (BBC) – The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has suggested the South African athlete is using his emotions “as an escape”.

He broke down in tears four times on Monday and has also vomited in court.

“Now you trying to be emotional and it’s not working,” said prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Mr Pistorius admits killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February last year, but says he fired his gun after mistaking her for an intruder.

Mr Nel said the Olympic sprinter, 27, had deliberately shot Ms Steenkamp, a model, after the couple had had an argument.

As the prosecutor resumed his cross-examination on Monday, he accused Mr Pistorius of “tailoring his evidence” as he went along to suit the defence case, which had been “concocted”.

“Your version of events is untrue,” Mr Nel said.

The prosecutor said the fact that a pair of Ms Steenkamp’s jeans was lying on the floor showed that she was in the middle of getting dressed in order to leave Mr Pistorius’ house when she was shot after the couple had argued in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013.

This, too, was denied.

The sprinter also started sobbing as he recalled shouting at the burglars he thought were in his house.

When asked why he broke down, Mr Pistorius said: “I am traumatised” by the events of that night.

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` Oscar Pistorius has Told the Jury that his Girlfriend did not Scream or Shout as he was Grabbing the Gun and Fired Shots that Killed Her '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 11 – (BBC) – Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial that girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp did not scream or shout as he grabbed a gun and fired shots that killed her.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said it was “improbable” that she would stand in the bathroom saying nothing while Mr Pistorius was just 3m (10ft) away shouting at her to call the police.

Mr Pistorius said he could not explain why she had not shouted out.

The athlete, 27, denies murder saying the killing was a terrible accident.

He admits killing Ms Steenkamp but says he fired his gun after mistaking her for an intruder.

He believed she had been in bed when he grabbed his gun, made his way to the bathroom and fired shots through the door.

The prosecution says he deliberately killed her after an argument.

On the third day of his cross-examination, Mr Nel pressed the South African Olympic sprinter to explain the final moments leading up to the shooting.

He asked why he had not checked whether Ms Steenkamp had heard his calls for her to phone the police, or why he had not taken her to safety instead of going to confront the supposed intruder.

Mr Pistorius said it was his personality to confront what he believed was an intruder.

The trial has been adjourned until Monday morning.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: `Two Days of Intense Cross-Examination at his Trial Accuses him of Being Selfish, Reckless and a Liar '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 10 – Oscar Pistorius has faced a second day of intense cross-examination at his trial in which he was accused of being selfish, reckless and a liar.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel focused on the athlete’s character, enthusiasm for firearms and version of events before he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The South African sprinter appeared calmer than he had during his previous three days on the witness stand.

The 27-year-old Olympic and Paralympic star denies murder.

He again insisted in court in Pretoria on Thursday that the shooting on Valentine’s Day last year was a terrible accident after he mistook her for a burglar http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-26964494

Daily Mirror reports that – Grieving June Steenkamp can’t take her eyes off Oscar Pistorius – even though she goes through hell every time she watches one of his dramatic courtroom displays .

The heartbroken mother has sat in dignified silence for weeks while the “Blade Runner” athlete accused of murdering her daughter Reeva collapses in hysterics, vomits, retches and puts his fingers in his ears.

She has endured endless bloody pictures of the crime scene, the weapon and, horrifyingly, Reeva’s catastrophic head wound.

But it has left her haunted by one burning question – is he acting?

June has exclusively revealed to the Mirror how she studies Pistorius’s every move in a bid to find the truth http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/oscar-pistorius-trial-reeva-steenkamps-3394429

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` Oscar Pistorius Breaks Down and Apologises to his Girlfriends Parents as he gives his Evidence '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 08 – (BN24) – Pretoria – Murder accused Oscar Pistorius was frantic to break down a toilet door to see if who he had shot was his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

“At that time all I wanted to do was just look inside to see if it was Reeva,” he said, crying.

Pistorius was recalling events of the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year when he shot Steenkamp through the locked toilet door of his Pretoria home.

He said after he shot four times at the door, he did not know what to do.

As Pistorius went over the events, he spoke using his hands.

The closer he got to telling the court how he found out it was Steenkamp in the toilet cubicle, the more emotional he became.

He said he looked for Steenkamp in the bedroom, but could not find her. He put on his prosthetic legs and ran to the bathroom, putting his firearm on the carpet.

He said he kicked the door, and then went to the bedroom to fetch his cricket bat. At the time, the lights were on in the bathroom.

“The lights were on at that stage. I remember it was when I kicked the door,” an emotional Pistorius said.

He said he hit the door three times then took a big plank and threw it at the door.

Then he saw Steenkamp.

“At that point, all I wanted to do was climb into the toilet,” he said.

“I unlocked the door… And I sat over Reeva and I cried. I don’t know how long I was there,” he said, breaking down.

His sister Aimee also burst into tears in court.

Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the court for the athlete to compose himself.

As court adjourned, Pistorius sat crying out loud. Aimee rushed to his side and hugged him, followed by his brother Carl and other relatives.

Pistorius is on trial for the murder of Steenkamp, who was shot through the locked toilet door of his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

He says he mistook her for an intruder.

He has pleaded not guilty and in his plea statement denied he had argued with her shortly before the shooting.

He also faces two charges related to contravening the Firearms Control Act, to which he has denied guilt.

Ace Related News: April 07 – #AceNewsServices – PRETORIA – April 07 – (ALJ) – South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius has taken the witness stand in his own defence at his murder trial, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares.http://wp.me/p165ui-4GG

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` Oscar Pistorius returns to court and `Takes the Stand in his Own Defence ‘ at his Murder Trial ‘

#AceNewsServices – PRETORIA – April 07 – (ALJ) – South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius has taken the witness stand in his own defence at his murder trial, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares.


Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and three firearms-related offences [AP]

At the trial on Monday, he also apologised to the mother of Reeva Steenkamp in the public gallery, saying he fired four shots through a toilet door in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year in the belief that he was defending her from an intruder, Reuters news agency reported.

“I was simply trying to protect Reeva,” he told the court, his weeping voice quavering with emotion.

Pistorius, 27, faces a life sentence in prison if convicted for killing his girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and three firearms-related offences.

He said he is taking anti-depressants and sleeping pills.

Prosecutors say Pistorius killed Reeva following an argument, a charge that he denies.

Ace Related News – March 28 – 16.34 GMT – #AceWorldNews – SOUTH AFRICA – PRETORIA – March 28 – The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned until Friday until April 7.

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` Oscar Pistorius: ` Murder Trial has been Adjourned until April 7 due to Illness of the one of the Legal Assistant's'

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH AFRICA – PRETORIA – March 28 – The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned until Friday until April 7.

The South African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand on that day in his own defence.

Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed proceedings for more than a week due to the illness of one of the legal assistants, Reuters reported.

Prosecutors are arguing the 27-year-old deliberately killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year by firing four rounds from a 9mm pistol through a closed toilet door.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: ` Prosecutors ask for Recess to Re-Examine Evidence to Date ‘

#AceWorldNews – Pretoria – South Africa – March 20 – The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial abruptly asked for a recess to “re-examine our case” today after presenting a grim bullet-by-bullet account of what happened when Pistorius fired through a bathroom door, killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The powerful testimony caused Pistorius to again stick his fingers in his ears as he frequently done during the trial.

The case had been expected to last six weeks and the prosecutor had present the court with a list of 107 potential witnesses. But today prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the High Court in Pretoria that he was about to wrap up his case asked for a recess that would last until Monday.

“We have reached a junction in the trial where the state is wrapping up its evidence,” Nel told the court. “We must look at what the defence version forces us to re-examine our case and our witnesses.”

Nel told the court that he plans to call only four to five more witnesses.

In other news received South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius is selling the house where he shot his girlfriend to pay the legal fees, local media reported Thursday.

In order to pay the legal fees, Oscar Pistorius is selling the house where he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The incident occurred on Saint Valentine’s Day in 2013.

The trial started March 3. Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty upon all accusations brought against him. These were intentional homicide and three cases of gun-control legislature breach.

In case Pistorius is found guilty of intentional homicide, the 27-year-old athlete may face a penalty of 25 years to life imprisonment.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial : ` Police Photographs of `Blood Splattered ' scene Indicate Evidence was Moved Around '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – South Africa – Police photographs of the blood-spattered scene where Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend indicate that evidence was moved around in violation of procedure during the investigation of the killing, the athlete’s chief defence lawyer said Tuesday.

Warrant officer Bennie van Staden, a police photographer, took hundreds of photos of the scene, including of blood stains, bullet casings, a gun and a cricket bat found inside Pistorius’ bathroom in the hours after the double-amputee Olympic runner shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp before dawn on Feb. 14 last year.

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` Oscar Pistorius covers his ears as his Attorney Challenged a Witness '

#AceWorldNews Oscar Pistorius covered his ears today as his attorney challenged a witness, at one point arguing that his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp could not have screamed after Pistorius fired a first shot through a bathroom door because that shot likely struck her in the head and caused serious brain damage.

Pistorius’ lawyer Barry Roux made the claim as he tried to poke holes into the testimony of a witness who said she heard a woman scream after a first shot.

That scream was followed by several more shots in quick succession, Pistorius neighbour Michelle Burger had told the court.

Pistorius, the paralympian known as the Blade Runner, hung his head frequently during the testimony on the second day of his first degree murder trial and at one point put his hands over his ears during Roux’s cross examination of Burger.

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` Oscar Pistorius Trial turns into a real grilling for a police expert on his testimony '

#AceWorldNews – Pretoria – South Africa For a second day, Oscar Pistorius’ lawyer Thursday grilled a police expert who demonstrated a day before how the Olympic runner bashed a bathroom door with a cricket bat after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

With fastidiously detailed questions, defence attorney Barry Roux picked at forensic expert J.G. Vermeulen’s testimony on the validity of evidence presented by the door in the Olympic sprinter’s murder.
Pieces of it are missing, and Roux asked Vermeulen to account for them.

He painstakingly sifted through memory and past details, while shuffling point for point through documents.

Casting doubt on the credibility of the door as evidence — and Vermeulen’s assessment of it — is in Pistorius’ interest, since they support the prosecution’s case against him.

Pistorius wore a blank stare during Roux’ exacting cross-examination, looking tired, uninvolved and not making as many notes, as he did in previous sessions.

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` Friend of `Oscar Pistorius ' testifies on stand about gun being fired '

#AceWorldNews PRETORIA, – South Africa The friend of Oscar Pistorius who was identified by witnesses as being with the athlete on two occasions when a gun was shot in public is testifying at Pistorius’ murder trial on Tuesday.

Darren Fresco was asked by Pistorius to take the blame, a previous witness testified, when a gun the Olympic runner was handling fired under a table in a restaurant in early 2013, about a month before Pistorius shot dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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` Judge in Murder Trial of `Oscar Pistorius ' bans `live broadcasting and tweeting of graphic testimony'

#AceWorldNews says PRETORIA, South Africa – Day Six – The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Monday banned live broadcasting and tweeting of the graphic testimony of the expert who conducted the autopsy on Reeva Steenkamp, who was fatally shot by her athlete boyfriend.

The court heard arguments about whether to allow audio and video broadcasting of the testimony of Prof. Gert Saayman, head of the forensic medicine department at the University of Pretoria.

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` Ex Girlfriend of `Oscar Pistorius ' takes to stand to confirm he once shot at a traffic light in anger'

#AceWorldNews says – Day Five – Pretoria as an ex-girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius testified Friday that the Paralympian star sprinter often carried a gun with him and once fired at a traffic light after a confrontation with police.

An emotional Samantha Taylor, who met Pistorius in 2010 when she was 17 years old, tearfully described the sprinter as someone familiar with guns, prone to fits of anger and an unfaithful boyfriend.

Taylor took to the stand, testifying that in 2010 on the way back from a day trip to a popular city getaway Pistorius was in a car that was pulled over by the police for speeding.

When a police officer inspected Pistorius’s weapon, left on a seat when he exited the car, Pistorius became angry, “Oscar shouted at the policeman and said he shouldn’t touch his gun,” said Taylor.
He later shot at a traffic light, “out of spite after being stopped.”

“He was angry at the police after being stopped, thereafter when they wanted to fire a shot they found it funny,” she said, referring to Pistorius and a friend who was with him at the time.

The firing of the weapon is one of three firearms charges Pistorius faces in addition to a charge of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Frequently breaking down in tears Taylor recounted the history of the pair’s troubled relationship.
Taylor said they met at a rugby match and later “he added me on Facebook.”

Their relationship ended in 2011, Taylor claimed, because “he cheated on me with Reeva Steenkamp.”

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` Oscar Pistorius wept, prayed after shooting girlfriend, witness says… ‘

#AceWorldNews says – Day Four – PRETORIA, South Africa — In the minutes after he fatally shot his girlfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius wept, prayed and begged that she would survive, according to testimony in his murder trial Thursday by a Pretoria radiologist who was one of the first people on the scene.

Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, wept in Pretoria’s High Court as the radiologist, Dr. Johan Stipp, offered a graphic medical account of her fatal injuries and described the athlete’s distress at the time. During the testimony, Pistorius was hunched over on the court bench and at one point covered his ears, appearing to try to block out Stipp’s words.

The shooting happened in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. It is not contested that Pistorius shot Steenkamp through the door of the toilet in their residence, which was located off the bathroom. Pistorius has said he thought she was a burglar; prosecutors say he intended to kill her.

Stipp said that when he entered the Pistorius house, Steenkamp was lying on her back on the floor at the bottom of the stairs. Pistorius was kneeling by her side, trying to open her mouth, using his fingers, the doctor said.

At the time, Stipp said, he was not aware the man on the scene was Pistorius, the South African athlete famous for competing in the 2012 Olympics as a double amputee.

“I went near her and as I bent down, I noticed a man on his knees,” Stipp told the court.

“I remember the first thing he said: ‘I shot her. I thought she was a burglar. I shot her.’”

Stipp said he tried to save Steenkamp but that she had no pulse and was not breathing. It appeared that her injuries were fatal, he said.

It was obvious that Mr. Pistorius was very, very upset,” Stipp said.

He was “crying all the time, ‘Please let her live, she must not die.’ He said he would dedicate his life and her life to God if she could live and not die,” Stipp told the court.

“I saw I could not do anything for her,” he said, adding that he then went out the front door, found that no one had called an ambulance and phoned for one.

Stipp, who was a neighbor of Pistorius and Steenkamp, testified that earlier that night he was sleeping with his door open and was awakened by three loud bangs that sounded like gunshots.

He said he then heard what sounded like a woman screaming three or four times, and then a man call for help.

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` Oscar Pistorius trial continues and `Further Testimony' is required to obtain clarification of screams and gunshots'

#AceWorldNews says – Day Three – Pretoria as Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial was set Wednesday to hear further testimony of screams and gunshots the night Reeva Steenkamp died, challenging the sprinter’s defence against premeditated murder.

In vivid testimony that cast doubt on the Paralympian’s claims of a “tragic accident”, three state witnesses have told the court they heard a commotion then gunshots on Valentine’s Day 2013 at Pistorius’s home.

The trio’s account directly contradicts Pistorius’s claim that he shot his girlfriend, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, through a locked toilet door after mistaking her for an intruder.

“When I’m in the shower, I relive her shouts.
The terrifying screams,” university lecturer Michelle Burger said on Tuesday, her voice cracking with emotion as she was unable to hold back the tears.
Burger’s husband, Charl Johnson, also took the stand, telling judge Thokozile Masipa that a woman’s screams woke him up and that he ran to his balcony, less than 200 metres from Pistorius’s home.

Previously Defence team leader Barry Roux (L) talks to South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on the second day of his trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on March 4, 2014.

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` Oscar Pistorius Trial continues with his Lawyers looking to pull apart `Michelle Burger’s ‘ Testimony ‘

#AceWorldNews says – Day Two – AFP reports from Pretoria that Lawyers for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will on Tuesday resume a searing cross-examination of a key witness at his murder trial who claims to have heard screams, then shots, as his girlfriend was killed.

The second day of Pistorius’s trial for the Valentine’s Day killing of Reeva Steenkamp will begin with lawyer Barry Roux redoubling efforts to pick apart the prosecution’s premier witness.

Neighbour Michelle Burger testified Monday that she heard “bloodcurdling” screams at the home less than 200 metres (yards) away from her own, before shots rang out in the early hours of February 14, 2013.

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