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Pistorius admits 'no reason' to fire fatal shots

In a pummelling cross-examination the prosecution called Oscar Pistorius's account of killing his girlfriend "impossible" on Thursday, zeroing in on apparent inconsistencies in key parts of his testimony. "Your version is so improbable that nobody would ever think it's reasonably, possibly true it's so impossible," Prosecutor Gerrie Nel thundered during his second day interrogating the Olympian. Nel also rubbished the athlete's claim that police moved important pieces of evidence after arriving at the scene early on Valentine's Day morning last year.

Pistorius trial - key points from day 20

South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel continued his fierce cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius Thursday, claiming the sprinter was lying and that his account of events was "impossible." Here are highlights from proceedings on the trial's 20th day:

Pistorius has gone from hero to devil: Reeva's mother

South African star sprinter Oscar Pistorius has gone from being a hero to a devil, Reeva Steenkamp's mother June said in a British newspaper interview published Thursday. She told the Daily Mirror she is obsessed with watching Pistorius's every move in the Pretoria courtroom where he is being tried for the killing of her daughter, a law graduate, model and aspiring actress, on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Pistorius has gone from hero to devil: Reeva's mother

South African star sprinter Oscar Pistorius has gone from being a hero to a devil, Reeva Steenkamp's mother June said in a British newspaper interview published Thursday. She told the Daily Mirror she is obsessed with watching Pistorius's every move in the Pretoria courtroom where he is being tried for the killing her daughter, a law graduate, model and aspiring actress, on Valentine's Day in 2013.

Pistorius grilled again during cross-examination

Oscar Pistorius faced a second day of gruelling cross-examination in his murder trial on Thursday, as the prosecution accused him of caring more about himself than the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel kept tearing into the 27-year-old's account of his relationship with Steenkamp, painting the star Paralympian sprinter as selfish and self-obsessed. "It's all about 'I'. It's all about Mr Pistorius," Nel said, reading cell phone messages in which Steenkamp said she was upset and "scared" of Pistorius's behaviour.

Pistorius faces blistering cross-examination

South African Olympic star Oscar Pistorius faced fierce cross-examination at his murder trial Wednesday, with the prosecution demanding he admit his girlfriend's death was more than just a "terrible mistake." Prosecutor Gerrie Nel also told Pistorius that Reeva Steenkamp's head exploded when she was shot and tried to force him to look at a horrific police photograph of her injuries. The athlete has tearfully testified that the 29-year-old model died in his arms, after he shot her mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius trial - key points from day 19

Oscar Pistorius came under brutal cross-examination Wednesday, a crucial stage in his murder trial for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Here are highlights from proceedings on the trial's 19th day: - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel launched a blistering cross-examination, trying to break the Paralympian's resolve and force a confession: "You made a 'mistake'?" he asked with a raised voice. "You killed a person, that's what you did! You shot and killed her, won't you take responsibility for that?"

Pistorius faces blistering cross-examination

South African Olympic star Oscar Pistorius faced fierce cross-examination at his murder trial Wednesday, with the prosecution demanding he admit his girlfriend's death was more than just a "terrible mistake." Prosecutor Gerrie Nel also told Pistorius that Reeva Stenkamp's head exploded when she was shot and tried to force him to look at a horrific police photograph of her injuries. The athlete has tearfully testified that the 29-year-old model died in his arms, after he shot her mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day last year.

South African prosecutor starts Pistorius cross-examination

PRETORIA (Reuters) - South African state prosecutors started cross-examining Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius on Wednesday, vowing to "get to the truth" surrounding the killing of Pistorius' girlfriend on Valentine's day last year. "You killed Reeva Steenkamp, didn't you?" prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked bluntly at the start of questioning, to which Pistorius, who is accused of murder, responded that he had made a mistake. (Reporting by Joe Brock; Writing by Stella Mapenzauswa; Editing by Ed Cropley)

Overwrought Pistorius describes shooting girlfriend

A sobbing Oscar Pistorius described the moment he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp claiming he fired four shots "before I knew it", he told his murder trial on Tuesday. The sprinter wept so uncontrollably as he recounted the events of the fateful night that it forced the adjournment of his trial until Wednesday. Trembling and overwrought, the champion athlete described rushing and stumbling toward his bathroom with a gun in the dead of night on Valentine's Day 2013 after hearing a suspected intruder.
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