11 Oscar Pistorius articles you should read

2014-03-27 14:05
Cape Town - Hundreds of articles relating to Paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial have been published since it started on 3 March 2014.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.

On Tuesday, the State wrapped up its case and court has adjourned until Friday morning when the defence will start to call its witnesses.

Not up to speed with what's been happening? We've got you covered.

From witness testimony and Pistorius's reaction every time sensitive matters were raised in court to video and galleries of all of the proceedings, here are the 11 articles you should read to stay in the know.


1. Oscar trial daily video wrap-ups

Take a look back at the State's case through 90 second videos highlighting details of each day’s events in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court.

2. Oscar trial - what we know so far

Prosecutors have wrapped up their murder case against Pistorius. Have a look at the prosecution's case in the first two-and-a-half weeks of the trial.

3. Pistorius ignored gun rules - expert

Keep your finger off the trigger until you've identified your target - that's the fundamental rule of firearms Oscar Pistorius ignored, says firearm expert Eddy Pretorius.

4. Only 4 messages show argument - Roux

A police data analyst found only four messages out of 1 709 between Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp which could show an argument, defence lawyer Barry Roux has pointed out. Roux's defence later highlighted  the numerous loving text messages  the couple sent each other.

5. New marks on Oscar's toilet door questioned

New marks found on the Pistorius’s toilet door came to light after forensic analyst Colonel Johannes Vermeulen was recalled to testify.



6. Oscar has to sell house to cover legal costs

Pistorius plans to sell the upmarket Pretoria home where he shot dead his girlfriend to cover the legal fees for his murder trial.



7. Nel's cross examination of Oscar will be crux of case

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel's cross examination of Pistorius is vital as he was the only witness to the event, says criminal law expert William Booth.

8. Oscar's team ready to prove case

As the State closes its case, the defence team prepares to prove he made a mistake when he shot and killed his girlfriend. Pistorius will testify  in his own defence, his legal team has said. Roux intends proving that the accused screams like a woman  when he is anxious.



9. Oscar's ex gives details of relationship

The State's other case against Pistorius was developed further when Samantha Taylor, a former girlfriend of the athlete, gave testimony.

In her testimony she refuted the defence's earlier claims  that Pistorius screamed like a woman. She also mentioned that Pistorius cheated on her twice.

10. Witness feared Oscar would kill himself

One of the first people on the scene after Pistorius shot Steenkamp told court he feared the Olympic and Paralympic star might kill himself with the same gun.

11. Reeva's final breaths

Steenkamp drew a few breaths after she was shot in the head by Pistorius. While the cold details of tissue damage, bone fragments and lesions on Steenkamp's body were explained to court, Pistorius retched loudly.




More from around the web:

Oscar and the Oscars: Our vilest obsessions
Fittingly, the Academy awards (the Oscars) and the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius have illuminated our most mortal vices: vanity and violence. Read more on the Mail&Guardian.

The State’s case against Oscar Pistorius
Rebecca Davis presents a non-exhaustive summary of the witness testimony we’ve heard in the case so far. Read more on the Daily Maverick.

Oscar Pistorius: five questions the athlete will need to answer
Will Pistorius have an 'OJ Simpson' moment if he's asked to scream like a woman in court? Read more on The Week.

Cellular technology and the Oscar Pistorius Trial
Cellular technology has become a significant factor in the Oscar Pistorius Trial. Read more on The Oscar Pistorius Trial.


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