Oscar Pistorius to take the stand as defence presents it's case

The 27-year-old Oscar Pistorius, who has denied the murder charge, has to explain why he fired four shots at model and aspiring television actress Reeva Steenkamp through a locked toilet door in his home on Valentine's Day last year.

updated: April 06, 2014 08:28 IST
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Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius is expected to take the stand as his trial resumes this week in a defence relying on forensic experts and South Africa's notoriously high crime rate to explain how and why he shot dead his girlfriend.

The first defence witness on Monday will be Jan Botha, a pathologist, rather than Pistorius, according to Brian Webber, one of the athlete's lawyers.

"We don't have a choice," said Webber, speaking by telephone. "The pathologist has personal reasons for why he has to take the stand first."

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