Pistorius trial - key points from day 40

7th August 2014, Comments 0 comments

The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius entered its dramatic finale on Thursday, with the prosecution concluding its final arguments by tearing into the South African star sprinter's testimony.

The defence also began its final arguments on the 40th day of the trial over the Valentine's Day killing of Reeva Steenkamp by Pistorius in 2013.

- State prosecutor Gerrie Nel accused Pistorius of concocting an alibi that led to a "snowball effect" of lies.

"It is the state's case the accused was a deceitful witness," said Nel, who described Pistorius's testimony as "absolutely devoid of any truth".

"In an attempt to tailor his version to support his plea explanation he tangled himself in a web," said Nel.

- The state said Pistorius should be found guilty of premeditated murder, arguing he had time to think about shooting his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

"The accused armed himself, got the gun ready, shot and killed the deceased," said Nel, "not on the spur of the moment, he had lots of time for reflection."

- Defence lawyer Barry Roux began his closing argument by criticising the work of the police at the crime scene in Pistorius's upmarket Pretoria home.

"We're not saying conspiracy, we're saying the scene was disturbed," said Roux.

- Pistorius's estranged father Henke appeared in court for the first time, sitting behind his son. Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry also attended court for the first time, sitting beside his wife June.


© 2014 AFP

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