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Pistorius lawyer says 'cold facts' do not prove murder

Published on Aug 8, 2014 4:51 PM
 
Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius (centre) arrives for the closing arguments in his murder trial, at the high court in Pretoria on Aug 8, 2014. Pistorius' defence lawyer said on Friday that the 'cold facts' did not prove the star sprinter had intended to kill his model girlfriend, as he launched a final bid to save the "Blade Runner" from life in prison. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PRETORIA (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius' defence lawyer said on Friday that the 'cold facts' did not prove the star sprinter had intended to kill his model girlfriend, as he launched a final bid to save the "Blade Runner" from life in prison.

In his closing argument, fiery defence lawyer Barry Roux sought to pick apart the prosecution's case that his famous client had deliberately murdered 29-year-old Reeva Steenkamp after an argument in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013.

Roux accused the state of ignoring evidence from Pistorius's upmarket Pretoria home that did not support its "circumstantial" case, a day after the prosecution painted the athlete as a liar.

"The failure of the state to present that evidence leaves one big question mark," said Roux, "that's the failure of the state's case." He argued that evidence suggested Pistorius should never have faced murder charges, but rather the trial should have begun with a lesser charge of culpable homicide.

 
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