Court adjourns after Oscar's emotional outburst

2014-04-08 18:13
(Kim Ludbrood, AFP)

(Kim Ludbrood, AFP)

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Pretoria - Moments after distraught Paralympian Oscar Pistorius had composed himself, his murder trial was adjourned by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"We'll adjourn until 09:30 tomorrow [Wednesday] morning," Judge Thokozile Masipa said seconds after the court had sat down again.

Barry Roux, for Pistorius, made the request after the athlete broke down into uncontrollable sobbing, which caused the court to adjourn.

His sister Aimee and other relatives led him out of court GD through a side entrance.

After he came back, Roux said he could not "responsibly ask the court to continue".

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had no objection.

Pistorius had been testifying about how he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the locked door of the toilet in his Pretoria townhouse on 14 February last year, apparently believing she was an intruder.

Pistorius is accused of murdering Steenkamp.

He is also charged with contravening the Firearms Control Act.

He allegedly fired a shot from a Glock pistol under a table at a Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013.

On 30 September  2012 he allegedly shot through the open sunroof of a car with his 9mm pistol while driving with friends in Modderfontein.

He has also denied guilt on these two charges.

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