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Result of a Super 15 match at Kings Park in Durban Saturday: Coastal Sharks (RSA) 19 Central Cheetahs (RSA) 8 H-t: 3-3 Scorers Sharks - Try: Jean Deysel. Conversion: Francois Steyn. Penalties: Tim Swiel, Steyn (3) Cheetahs - Try: Rayno Benjamin. Penalty: Elgar Watts Sin bin Cheetahs: Heinrich Brussow 62 minutes Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA) afp

Pistorius trial adjourns until May, state mauls forensic expert

By Siyabonga Sishi PRETORIA (Reuters) - The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Thursday until May 5 after the state wrapped up three days of punishing cross-examination of a forensic expert brought by the defense. Judge Thokozile Masipa granted the state's request for a postponement to avoid conflicts with other cases. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel - nicknamed "The Pitbull" for his aggressive style - tore into defense witness Roger Dixon, questioning his credibility and expertise.

Prosecution pillories Pistorius expert

The prosecution on Wednesday derided a forensic expert hired by Oscar Pistorius, accusing him of being unqualified to testify and rubbishing his account of the circumstances of Reeva Steenkamp's death. State prosecutor Gerrie Nel sought to prove that forensic geologist Roger Dixon was out of his depth when he was testifying about bruises on Steenkamp's body and other key elements of the crime scene.

Prosecutor ends gruelling Pistorius cross-examination

Oscar Pistorius stepped down from the witness box on Tuesday after five gruelling days of cross-examination that raised serious doubts about his account of killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The relieved and tearful 27-year-old Paralympic gold medallist hugged younger sister Aimee from the stand after tenacious lead prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court he had "nothing further for this witness". For nearly a week Nel had spent hour after antagonising hour dragging Pistorius over the coals, accusing him of lying, tailoring evidence and even crying to avoid tough questions.

Prosecutors conclude gruelling Pistorius cross-examination

The prosecution completed its cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius Tuesday, ending five emotional days of intense interrogation that raised serious doubts about the star Paralympian's version of what happened on the night he shot dead his model girlfriend. "I have nothing further for this witness," said prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel, after relentless questioning into the moments after the athlete killed Reeva Steenkamp at his upmarket home on Valentine's Day 2013.

'I love you', Pistorius girlfriend said in Valentine's card

Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend said she loved him in a Valentine's Day card on the day she died, his murder trial heard Tuesday as the sprinter's gruelling cross-examination ended. The Paralympian read out in court the words in a card Reeva Steenkamp would have given him with a gift on February 14 last year, the day he fired four shots through a locked toilet door that killed her. "She said 'I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you,'" the 27-year-old double amputee sprinter read from the card.

Pistorius faces 'final day' of grilling

South African prosecutor Gerrie Nel indicated on Tuesday that he would wrap up his searing cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius, who has now spent more than a week in the witness box. Nel has spent five emotion-filled days dragging Pistorius over the coals, accusing him of lying, tailoring evidence and crying to avoid tough questions. "We will today finalize the cross-examination of the accused," Nel told the court while asking for a two week postponement.

Pistorius accused of fake tears

The prosecution accused Oscar Pistorius of feigning emotion to dodge tough questions about the death of his girlfriend, as his second week of testimony in the murder trial began Monday. Frustrated with Pistorius's frequent crying in the witness box, prosecutor Gerrie Nel toughened his questioning and accused the Paralympic star of crocodile tears. "Mr Pistorius, you're not using your emotional state to escape, are you?" he said after the athlete broke down under questioning on one of several occasions Monday.

Prosecutor says Pistorius, Steenkamp argued on night she died

Oscar Pistorius argued with his girlfriend shortly before shooting her dead, the prosecution lawyer alleged Monday as his gruelling cross-examination of the sprinter went into a second week. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel accused the 27-year-old of concocting evidence in his defence against the charge of murdering Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines' Day last year. "It's the state's case, Mr. Pistorius, that she wanted to leave and that you weren't sleeping, you were both awake," said Nel. "That's not correct my lady, that's untrue," Pistorius replied softly.

Pistorius to start second week in witness box

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius returnds to the stand Monday for a fourth day of cross-examination after the prosecution lawyer accused him of knowingly shooting dead his girlfriend. The day will mark the start of the 27-year-old's second week in the witness stand in his defence against murder charges for Reeva Steenkamp's death on Valentines' Day last year. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel's relentless questioning has drawn tears and angry replies from the world-famous double amputee sprinter, who insists he shot Steenkamp four times by accident through a locked bathroom door.
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