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Pistorius breaks down, forcing trial adjournment

Published on Apr 8, 2014 8:37 PM
 

PRETORIA (AFP, REUTERS) - Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears in the dock on Tuesday, forcing an adjournment in his murder trial, as he recalled the moment he discovered he had shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead.

"I sat over Reeva," the athlete testified before sobbing loudly, putting his head in his hands and letting out a barely intelligible cry "she wasn't breathing".

Earlier, the South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius told a court that he was "overcome with fear" about a burglar in the moments before he shot dead Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old law graduate and model, on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius, accused of murdering Ms Steenkamp, recounted how he heard a window sliding open in his bathroom in the middle of the night, convincing him an intruder was breaking in and that he needed to arm himself.

South African Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to evidence by a pathologist during his trial in court in Pretoria on April 7, 2014. Pistorius broke down in tears in the dock on Tuesday, forcing an adjournment in his murder trial, as he recalled the moment he discovered he had shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
 
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