Oscar Pistorius: State’s case closed

2014-03-25 15:10

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The state has closed its case in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial without calling either of its two investigating officers.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel this afternoon closed the prosecution’s case after 15 days of evidence.

“My lady, learned assessors, that is the state’s case,” he said.

Pistorius’ lawyer Barry Roux has asked for an adjournment until Friday to see if some of the 80-odd witnesses on the state’s witness list, who were not called to testify, would be available to testify.

It is already known that Roux is keen for former investigating officer Hilton Botha to testify.

Barry Roux: State is trying to avoid calling Hilton Botha as a witness

He has previously asked for the state to indicate if Botha would be called, but Nel at the time said he did not know at that stage if he was going to call Botha.

Botha had a tough time under cross-examination from Roux during Pistorius’ bail application last year and ended up conceding that he might have contaminated the crime scene.

Nel has also not called the investigating officer who was appointed to replace Botha, Mike van Aardt.

The postponement until Friday was granted by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

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