Oscar's defence closes case

By admin
08 July 2014

The Oscar Pistorius trial has been postponed until 7 August for final arguments.

Oscar Pistorius' defence closed its case in the High Court in Pretoria this morning.

Before Advocate Barry Roux closed the case he said many witnesses hadn't wanted to testify for Oscar because of the publicity and cameras associated with the trial.

Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed the case until 7 August for final arguments. The case was set for two days because that's apparently how long the final arguments of the state and the defence will take.

The state must submit its heads of arguments to Masipa by 30 July, and the defence must do so by 4 August.

Before Masipa postponed the case she ordered that no contents of the heads of arguments might be published in the press or electronic media until they'd been argued in court. Advocate Gerrie Nel for the state asked for the order to be made.

"What you're saying is worrying but I know it happens," said Masipa. "Documents get leaked. Apart from it being a traversty of justice, anyone who uses a leaked document is a thief."

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