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Pistorius breaks down as he recounts Steenkamp's death

By David Dolan PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius sobbed in the witness stand on Tuesday as he described how, gripped by fear, he shot dead his girlfriend through a locked toilet door thinking she was an intruder. Taking the witness stand, the double amputee - accused of murdering 29-year-old law graduate and model Reeva Steenkamp - recounted hearing a window sliding open in his bathroom in the middle of the night on Valentine's Day 2013.

Pistorius trial - key points from day 18

An emotional Oscar Pistorius broke down in court as he recounted killing Reeva Steenkamp after he shot, on the second day of testimony in his murder trial. Here are details of Tuesday's proceedings: - Pistorius broke into loud sobs as he described finding the mortally wounded Steenkamp in the toilet cubicle after he shot her. "I sat over Reeva and I cried. I don't how long I was there for," he testified while his voice broke. "She wasn't breathing," he said shaking with loud sobs that prompted an early adjournment for the day.

Pistorius back in the dock for second day of testimony

Star Paralympian Oscar Pistorius returned to the witness box to testify in his murder trial Tuesday, after an emotional first day that saw him issue a tearful apology to the victim's family. Pistorius sat stone-still before a packed courtroom wearing a dark grey suit awaiting the start of proceedings, which could focus on the night he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. bur-arb/yad

Pistorius testifies about relationship with Reeva Steenkamp

Star Paralympian Oscar Pistorius returned to the witness box to testify in his murder trial Tuesday, after an emotional first day that saw him issue a tearful apology to the victim's family. Pistorius sat before a packed courtroom wearing a dark grey suit as he described how his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp developed, and with faltering voice, how the couple began to think of the future. The athlete described how he met the model at a track day car event. "The first six days we knew each other we called each other everyday," he said.

'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."

Court adjourns as Pistorius 'exhausted' by testimony

Oscar Pistorius's trial for murder adjourned Monday after his lawyers said he was exhausted by a lack of sleep and the first day of testimony. "Well he does look exhausted, he sounds exhausted," said Judge Thokozile Masipa, granting the defence an adjournment until Tuesday. sf-arb/cc

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.
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