Pistorius branded 'deceitful witness' as trial enters final straight
Published on Aug 7, 2014 5:14 PM
PRETORIA (AFP) - South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius returned to the dock Thursday for the finale to his gripping murder trial as lawyers present closing arguments in a case that has captured the world's attention.
State lawyer Gerrie Nel kicked off a two-day showdown between the country's top legal minds, insisting Pistorius deliberately murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013 and declaring him a "deceitful witness".
Pistorius, a double-amputee star sprinter known as the "Blade Runner", has denied the charge in the months-long trial in which he has at times sat weeping and vomiting in the dock as grisly details of Steenkamp's death were presented to the judge.
His legal team - led by top defence lawyer Barry Roux - has sought to convince Judge Thokozile Masipa that the 27-year-old Pistorius shot his girlfriend by accident, believing her to be an intruder.
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