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Pistorius trial concludes, verdict set for Sept 11

Published on Aug 8, 2014 10:03 PM
 
South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock during the closing defence arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Aug 8, 2014. A verdict in Pistorius' high profile murder trial has been set for Sept 11, after lawyers wrapped up five months of drama-filled proceedings on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PRETORIA (AFP) - A verdict in the high profile murder trial of sports star Oscar Pistorius has been set for Sept 11, after lawyers wrapped up five months of drama-filled proceedings on Friday.

Eighteen months after Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, the star's fate now lies in the hands of South African Judge Thokozile Masipa.

"We shall be back here on the 11th of September at 9.30 for the judgment," said Masipa, drawing proceedings to a close.

Pistorius stands accused of deliberately shooting dead his glamorous 29-year-old lover with hollow point "cop killer" bullets after an argument. He faces 25 years in jail if convicted, but has pleaded not guilty, saying he mistook Steenkamp - who was in a locked toilet cubicle when she died - for an intruder.

 
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