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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.

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.

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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.

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."

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."
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