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LONDON, April 7, 2014 (AFP) - We will file the following videos: -- TOP WORLD NEWS -- + PISTORIUS TRIAL Filed over past 12 hours: PRETORIA: A tearful Oscar Pistorius apologises to Reeva Steenkamp's family, telling the court he had "terrible nightmares" since the night he killed his girlfriend and often woke up smelling blood. Rolling news coverage. RAW - Pistorius - Pistorius says he is exhausted, lawyer says for trial to be adjourned. VID614902_EN

'I'm scared to sleep', tearful Pistorius tells court

By David Dolan PRETORIA (Reuters) - His voice trembling with emotion, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defense on Monday, saying the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend last year had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. The disabled South African track star, on trial for murder, apologized to the mother of model Reeva Steenkamp, saying he had fired four times through a toilet door at his luxury Pretoria home in the belief he was defending her from an intruder.

Distraught Pistorius apologises for killing girlfriend

A tearful Oscar Pistorius apologised Monday to Reeva Steenkamp's family, telling the court he had "terrible nightmares" since killing his girlfriend and often woke up smelling blood. Sobbing and with his jaw trembling as he took the witness stand in his defence, Pistorius said he did not intend to kill his 29-year-old lover. The Paralympic gold medallist is accused of premeditated murder, but claims he shot the model though a locked toilet door believing she was an intruder.

Distraught Pistorius apologises to girlfriend's family

A tearful Oscar Pistorius apologised Monday to Reeva Steenkamp's family, telling the court he had "terrible nightmares" since the night he killed his girlfriend and often woke up smelling blood. Stammering and with his jaw trembling as he took the witness stand in his defence, Pistorius said he did not intend to kill his 29-year-old lover. The Paralympic gold medallist is accused of premeditated murder, but claims he shot the model though a locked toilet door believing she was an intruder.

Pistorius trial - key points from day 17

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius made a tearful apology to slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp's family when he took the stand, and a defence pathologist called key state evidence into question during the 17th day of the Pistorius murder trial. Here are the key points from Monday's proceedings: - Pistorius turned to face Reeva Steenkamp's mother June sitting in the front row of the public gallery and apologised for causing the family pain. "I was simply trying to protect Reeva," he said, "I promise that when she went to bed that night, she felt loved."

Distraught Pistorius apologises to girlfriend's family

A tearful Oscar Pistorius apologised Monday to Reeva Steenkamp's family, telling the court he had "terrible nightmares" since the night he killed his girlfriend and often woke up smelling blood. Stammering and with his jaw trembling as he took the witness stand in his defence, Pistorius said he did not intend to kill his 29-year-old lover. The Paralympic gold medallist is accused of premeditated murder, but claims he shot the model though a locked toilet door believing she was an intruder.

Emotion flows over in Pistorius tribunal

As Oscar Pistorius struggled to control his shaking voice in the witness stand Monday, weeks of tension took its toll in the tribunal. Sitting in the first row of the public gallery, his sister Aimee, wearing a black dress and her brown hair in loose waves, wiped away tears streaming down her face with a white tissue, as her older brother said sorry for the pain he has caused. When the 27-year-old athlete, wearing a black suit and tie, began describing the traumatic loss of his mother Sheila, his aunt Lois started crying too.

Pistorius defence calls expert as first witness

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius began their defence case on Monday, which should see the star athlete take the stand, and opened with the testimony of a forensic pathologist. Barry Roux called former state pathologist Jan Botha, who has carried out about 25,000 autopsies, to testify. Pistorius is expected to follow. Roux said he will call 14 to 17 witnesses in his case to testify on ballistics, urine emptying, damage to the toilet door, sound, and "disability and vulnerability."

Emotional Pistorius takes stand in own defense at murder trial

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defense at his murder trial on Monday, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. He also apologized to the mother of Reeva Steenkamp in the public gallery, saying he fired four shots through a toilet door in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year in the belief that he was defending her from an intruder.

Emotional Pistorius takes stand in own defense at murder trial

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defense at his murder trial on Monday, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. He also apologized to the mother of Reeva Steenkamp in the public gallery, saying he fired four shots through a toilet door in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year in the belief that he was defending her from an intruder.
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