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Pistorius branded 'deceitful witness' as trial enters final straight

Published on Aug 7, 2014 5:14 PM
South African paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius is pictured ahead of the final arguments of his murder trial at the high court in Pretoria on Aug 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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