The defence in Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial is expected to close its case in the Pretoria High Court today.
The prosecution’s been trying to punch holes in the testimony of a medical expert who says that because the accused has no lower legs and is unsteady on his stumps, he opted for fight rather than flight when he mistook his lover Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder behind the toilet door.
Oscar Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux asked Judge Thokozile Masipa for an adjournment until today, saying he needed to get proper instructions before closing the case.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel contends Pistorius’s sports doctor overstated his immobility on his stumps.
He contends Professor Wayne Derman cannot be objective because he is the accused’s caregiver.
Pistorius’s defence team say his disability and anxiety disorder led the paralympian to shoot Reeva
Steenkamp out of fear that she was an intruder.
A re-enactment video commissioned by the defence shows Oscar moving with greater mobility without his prosthesis than Derman testified.
It’s been aired by an Australian television network, but has not been entered as evidence before the court.
Pistorius’s team warned against any other media rebroadcasting the clip.
Steenkamp’s mother June has told a British magazine she’s forgiven Pistorius and doesn’t hate him.
However she’s determined to face him and re-claim her daughter.