Prosecution in the Oscar Pistorius Murder trial says even if the court accepts the paralympian’s defence that he shot his lover Reeva Steenkamp because he mistook her for an intruder, he should still be found guilty of murder.
Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux continues his closing argument today (Friday) accusing the state of purposefully ignoring important facts to incriminate Pistorius.
Following a month-long break, South Africa’s highest profile trial has reached its finale with prosecutor Gerrie Nel summing up his argument insisting the state’s made a strong enough case in the 40-day proceedings to warrant Oscar Pistorius being convicted of premeditated murder.
The athlete’s accused of killing his cover-girl lover Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home on Valentine’s Day last year.
He says his shooting her was a tragic mistake.
The State maintains he killed her after an argument.
Nel calls Pistorius a deceitful witness who put up two contradictory defences, neither of which is acceptable.
He maintain Judge Thokozile Masipa should find the accused guilty of murder – even if she cannot agree that he planned the killing.
Roux says the court must measure the testimony of state witnesses against objective facts.
The State hasn’t tried to reconcile two sets of sounds emanated from Pistorius’s house, he says, on the morning of the shooting because this would damage its case.