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Pistorius trial to resume after brutal cross-examination

Published on May 5, 2014 10:36 AM
South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is seen in the dock on April 17, 2014 at the North Guteng High Court in Pretoria. The athlete's murder trial will resume today after a two-week postponement. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Oscar Pistorius's murder trial resumes on Monday after a two-week break, with the defence expected to call another round of expert witnesses after the prosecution tore apart the athlete's testimony.

In the dock for the murder of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius appeared to change his defence under cross examination, casting doubt on his credibility.

The 27-year-old initially told the court that he shot Steenkamp through a locked toilet door, thinking the 29-year-old law graduate was an intruder coming to attack him in the dead of night.

But buckling under pressure, the double-amputee - who rose to international fame by being the first Paralympian to run against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 London Olympics - changed his testimony to say he fired the four shots accidentally.

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