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Pistorius to take stand as girlfriend's murder trial resumes

Published on Apr 7, 2014 2:09 PM
 
Pistorius has cut a lonely figure since his trial started on March 3, saying little since his "not guilty" plea besides the occasional "yes, milady" to Judge Thokozile Masipa. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (AFP) - Star Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is expected to take the stand for the first time when his murder trial resumes on Monday under the glare of the world's media.

As the defence opens its case, the 27-year-old Paralympian will give the court his first account of why he shot dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013.

Pistorius has cut a lonely figure since his trial started on March 3, saying little since his "not guilty" plea besides the occasional "yes, milady" to Judge Thokozile Masipa.

How the double amputee known as the "Blade Runner" will hold up during the state's cross-examination may prove a turning point in the case.

 
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