Defence closes its case in Pistorius trial

2014-07-08 10:40
Oscar Pistorius and his brother Carl (left) leave the North Gauteng High Court, after his murder trial was postponed to 7 August for closing arguments. (Jerome Delay, AP)

Oscar Pistorius and his brother Carl (left) leave the North Gauteng High Court, after his murder trial was postponed to 7 August for closing arguments. (Jerome Delay, AP)

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Pretoria - Final arguments in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial will be heard on 7 August, the North Gauteng High Court ruled on Tuesday after the defence closed its case.

"No heads of argument can be published in print or electronic media until the commencement of the arguments in court," Judge Thokozile Masipa said.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel made the application to prevent publication after the defence closed its case.

Masipa said the broadcast or publication of such documents, before they had been heard in court, was theft.

"I am concerned about what you are saying... it has happened before, it is theft actually. It is a disservice for the justice system," Masipa said.

Closing arguments

Nel said the State would file its closing arguments on 30 July. The defence, led by Barry Roux, would file its papers on 4 August.

The court would hear the arguments on 7 August.

Earlier, Roux said that most witnesses refused to testify for the defence because they didn't want their voices heard all over the world". The defence thus closed its case.

The paralympian is on trial for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year.

He claims he shot her by accident through the locked door of his toilet in his Pretoria home, thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him. The State contends he killed her during an argument.

Pistorius underwent a month-long psychiatric evaluation at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, after which the court heard he did not suffer from general anxiety disorder.

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