Fearful Pistorius shot girlfriend due to 'primal instincts': Defence
Published on Aug 8, 2014 6:05 PM
PRETORIA (REUTERS) - Oscar Pistorius' "primal instincts" kicked in when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was in a vulnerable and fearful state, his defence lawyer said at the athlete's murder trial on Friday.
Double amputee Pistorius, 27, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is accused of murdering Steenkamp, a law graduate and model, at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year.
The defence says Pistorius, nicknamed the 'Blade Runner' after the carbon-fibre prosthetic running legs he uses, shot Steenkamp through a locked toilet door believing she was an intruder.
RState prosecutor Gerrie Nel has spent the trial, which began in March, portraying Pist orius as a gun-obsessed hothead who deliberately shot Steenkamp, 29, four
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