Both Oscar and Reeva's fathers in court

2014-08-07 10:50
Oscar Pistorius is seen in the foreground, with Reeva Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, in the background. (Werner Beukes, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius is seen in the foreground, with Reeva Steenkamp's parents, Barry and June, in the background. (Werner Beukes, Pool)

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Pretoria - Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius's father Henke was in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday for final arguments in his son's trial.

He sat on the left-hand side of the court which was mostly occupied by the Pistorius family.

It was the first time that Pistorius's father and Reeva Steenkamp's father attended proceedings.

Pistorius is charged with murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

He shot her dead through the locked door of his toilet at his Pretoria home. Pistorius has denied guilt, saying he thought she was an intruder about to open the door and attack him. The State contends he shot her during an argument.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel began making his closing arguments shortly before 09:30.

The courtroom was packed to capacity for the proceedings, with the Pistorius and Steenkamp families, their friends, members of the public, and local and international media.

Pistorius cut a lone figure as he sat in the front of the court wearing his glasses, listening attentively to proceedings.

He is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act - one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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