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Pistorius defence to open Friday, athlete 'likely' to testify

The defence in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial will open on Friday, and the athlete will "likely" take the stand, his lawyer said. The court adjourned for two days on Tuesday after state prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the prosecution had completed its case. Pistorius's lawyer Brian Webber said it was "likely" that Pistorius would take the stand. "I don't think we have a choice, it's a question of when," he said. When asked whether Pistorius will testify on Friday, Kenny Oldwadge, another of his lawyers, said "we'll see about that".

Oscar Pistorius murder trial lawyer goes viral

Oscar Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux with his tough grilling of witnesses has emerged as the star of the athlete's murder trial, featuring in rap parodies, fake Twitter accounts and Internet memes. The veteran advocate has been mobbed outside the court, begged for his autograph, and had his stock phrase in cross-examination, "I put it to you", adopted into popular culture. "I put it to you, that it is true / everything you say, I will misconstrue," are the lyrics of a rap parody of Roux created by a South African radio station.

Pistorius 'sometimes scared' girlfriend, court told

Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete he sometimes scared her in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, his murder trial heard Monday. "I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me," Steenkamp said via messaging service WhatsApp after the athlete apparently accused her of flirting with another man.

Rugby Union: Toulon's Ali Williams sidelined

Toulon's New Zealand international lock Ali Williams has been sidelined with an arm injury which could rule him out of Saturday's Top 14 clash against Toulouse. Williams injured his right biceps in Friday's 22-16 defeat to Top 14 leaders Clermont and will undergo tests during the week to establish the length of his layoff. Toulon, second in the table three points behind Clermont, remain hopeful he can play in the European Cup quarter-final tie at home against Leinster on April 6.

"I'm scared of you," Steenkamp told Pistorius in text message

PRETORIA (Reuters) - Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, admitted to being scared of the South African track star in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, a police expert told his murder trial on Monday. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial for the murder of 29-year-old model and law graduate Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

Steenkamp told Pistorius he sometimes scared her

Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, his murder trial heard Thursday. "I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me," Steenkamp said via messaging service WhatsApp after the athlete apparently created a scene thinking that she had flirted with another man. As the trial entered its fourth week, police cellphone expert Francois Moller read out several exchanges between the couple.

Steenkamp told Pistorius he sometimes scared her

Oscar Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him in a text message sent less than three weeks before he shot her dead, his murder trial heard Thursday. "I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me and how you react to me," Steenkamp said via messaging service WhatsApp after the athlete apparently created a scene thinking that she had flirted with another man. As the trial entered its fourth week, police cellphone expert Francois Moller read out several exchanges between the couple.

Pistorius trial to last weeks longer than planned

The murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius for shooting dead his model girlfriend will extend weeks longer than expected, with a long list of prosecution and defence witnesses yet to take the stand. The trial was supposed to have wrapped up by now, but a court statement on Sunday said the highly-publicised hearings could extend as late as May 16.

Pistorius trial extended to May 16

The murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius for shooting dead his girlfriend has been extended until May 16, the South African court hearing the case said Sunday. The trial, which enters its fourth week on Monday, will continue until April 4, then break for a recess before resuming from April 14 until May 16, the court in Pretoria announced in a statement. It said "all parties involved" had agreed to the dates.

Pistorius trial extended to May 16

The murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius for shooting dead his girlfriend has been extended until May 16, the South African court hearing the case said Sunday. The trial, which enters its fourth week on Monday, will continue until April 4, then break for a one-week recess before resuming from April 14 until May 16, the court announced in a statement, saying "all parties involved" had agreed to the dates. liu/jhb/lc
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