AS IT HAPPENED: Day 39. Pistorius on trial

2014-07-08 09:08

We bring you the latest details from the 39th day of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.


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Last Updated at 05:32
08 Jul 10:04
So that's that. See you on 7 August. Cheers.

08 Jul 09:42
Court adjourns.

08 Jul 09:42
Matter postponed to 7 August. 

08 Jul 09:41
Masipa grants order that no publication of heads of argument in print or electronic media until argument has commenced in court. Doing so is basically theft, says Judge Masipa.

08 Jul 09:40
Nel asks that heads of argument be filed with judge's registrar - so they don't become public documents.

08 Jul 09:39
No publication of heads of argument in media until argument has commenced in court - Nel.

08 Jul 09:37
Nel says counsel have agreed on dates - State will file heads of argument on 30 July. Defence on 4 August. Will argue matter on 7 and 8 August.

08 Jul 09:37
Nel hands up some documents for sake of completeness.

08 Jul 09:35
Defence closes its case, says Roux.

08 Jul 09:35
Dr Leon Fine isn't fit to give evidence as he had a heart attack recently, says Roux. Some other witnesses also unprepared to give evidence as they're afraid of public scrutiny.

08 Jul 09:32

Court resumes. Roux begins...

Will the defence close its case today?

08 Jul 09:32
No Aimee or Arnold Pistorius at court today, says The GUardian's David Smith.

08 Jul 09:29

08 Jul 09:16

Reeva Steenkamp's mother, June, has told a British magazine that she has forgiven Oscar Pistorius, who is on trial for the murder of her daughter.

On Monday Hello! magazine published an interview with June Steenkamp, Sapa reported.

"I don't hate Oscar," she told the magazine."I've forgiven him. I have to - that's my religion. But I am determined to face him and re-claim my daughter. It's important for him to know that I'm there, that Reeva's mother who gave birth to her and loved her, is there for her."

08 Jul 09:08

The defence team of Oscar Pistorius is expected to close its case on Tuesday at the North Gauteng High Court, Sapa reported.

On Monday Barry Roux SC, for the athlete, asked the court to adjourn to Tuesday, to consult with his team before closing his case.

Before court adjourned, Roux requested a consultation with the State's psychiatrist Dr Carla Kotze, before deciding on whether to call a last witness.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel objected, saying the defence could consult its own psychiatrist, Dr Leon Fine.

Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled against the request saying no basis had been laid for it.

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