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Judge adjourns Pistorius trial to April 7

The judge overseeing Oscar Pistorius's murder trial on Friday adjourned the case for more than a week -- just before the star Paralympian was expected to take the stand for the first time -- because a senior court official was sick. "One of my assessors is not well," said Judge Thokozile Masipa. "I suggest that we postpone this matter to the 7th of April." Pistorius was expected to be called as a witness for the defence and later to face fierce cross-examination about how and why he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day a year ago.

Seven ways Pistorius's attack-dog lawyer mauls witnesses

Oscar Pistorius's defence lawyer Barry Roux has set his murder trial alight with bruising questioning of state witnesses, but behind the bluster lie a few basic, long-used techniques of cross-examination. Unearth inconsistencies No matter how irrelevant or esoteric, Roux is quick to pounce on any inconsistences in a witness's own testimony or compared to that of others. Whatever the specific issue, the aim is the same -- to discredit the witness. "Did you hear three gunshots or two-or-three gunshots?"

Seven ways Pistorius's attack-dog lawyer mauls witnesses

Oscar Pistorius's defence lawyer Barry Roux has set his murder trial alight with bruising questioning of state witnesses, but behind the bluster lie a few basic, long-used techniques of cross-examination. Unearth inconsistences: No matter how irrelevant or esoteric, Roux is quick to pounce on any inconsistences in a witness's own testimony or compared to that of others. Whatever the specific issue, the aim is the same -- to discredit the witness. "Did you hear three gunshots or two-or-three gunshots?"

Pistorius judge bans live coverage of autopsy testimony

A South African court blocked all live broadcasts Monday of graphic post-mortem details of Oscar Pistorius's slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the star sprinter's murder trial that is receving worldwide coverage. "There shall be no live broadcast of the evidence of Professor Saayman," Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled before the testimony of Gert Saayman, who conducted the post-mortem examination on the 29-year-old model and law graduate. "That applies to Twitter," Masipa added.

Questions asked about Pistorius judge

During the first week of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial the judge presiding over the case has come under fire for giving defence lawyers too much leeway and not protecting witnesses. With the trial broadcast live on television, presiding judge Thokozile Masipa has not escaped the scrutiny of millions watching around the world. Criticism has centred on Masipa permitting a fierce line of questioning from Barry Roux, Pistorius's defence lawyer known for his hectoring style of cross-examination.

Pistorius weeps as witness recalls shooting scene horror

A weeping Oscar Pistorius shielded his ears as a witness in his murder trial on Thursday gave harrowing evidence about desperate attempts to save Reeva Steenkamp's life after she was shot. Rocking back and forth in the dock, Pistorius put his hands over his ears as neighbour and radiologist Johan Stipp recounted how he entered his house to find the distraught Paralympian bent over, attempting to resuscitate his girlfriend.

Pistorius weeps as witness recalls shooting scene horror

A weeping Oscar Pistorius shielded his ears as a witness in his murder trial on Thursday gave harrowing evidence about desperate attempts to save Reeva Steenkamp's life after she was shot. Rocking back and forth in the dock, Pistorius put his hands over his ears as neighbour and radiologist Johan Stipp recounted how he entered his house to find the distraught Paralympian bent over, attempting to resuscitate his girlfriend.

Pistorius weeps as witness recalls shooting scene horror

A weeping Oscar Pistorius shielded his ears as a witness in his murder trial on Thursday gave harrowing evidence about desperate attempts to save Reeva Steenkamp's life after she was shot. Rocking back and forth in the dock, Pistorius put his hands over his ears as neighbour and radiologist Johan Stipp recounted how he entered his house to find the distraught Paralympian bent over, attempting to resuscitate his girlfriend.

Pistorius witness accused of doctoring testimony

Oscar Pistorius' defence lawyer accused a key witness of doctoring evidence with his wife to "incriminate" the athlete on Thursday, as he tried to scupper the prosecution's principal line of attack. Barry Roux, continuing a tough cross-examination for a fourth day, sought to show that Charl Johnson's first account of events the night Pistorius's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead differed from his sworn testimony.

Witness testimony casts spotlight on Pistorius defence

Oscar Pistorius's murder trial was set Wednesday to hear further testimony of screams and gunshots the night Reeva Steenkamp died, challenging the sprinter's defence against premeditated murder. In vivid testimony that cast doubt on the Paralympian's claims of a "tragic accident", three state witnesses have told the court they heard a commotion then gunshots on Valentine's Day 2013 at Pistorius's home.
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