Oscar Pistorius Defence Closes Case, Date Set for Final Arguments

The chief defence lawyer said he had finished calling witnesses to testify in the trial of Oscar Pistorius. Final arguments will be held in court on August 7 and 8.

updated: July 08, 2014 21:40 IST
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Oscar Pistorius in a court in Pretoria.

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Pretoria: Lawyers defending Oscar Pistorius on charges of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp rested their case on Tuesday, heralding the final stages of the high-profile trial that has gripped South Africa for months.

Advocate Barry Roux said the star sprinter's defence team had called its last witness, allowing the court to set a date of August 7-8 for closing arguments.

The prosecution opted not to reopen its case, an indication of their confidence after a gruelling five-month trial that saw 27-year-old Paralympian weeping, vomiting and at times completely unable to compose himself as he tried to explain how Steenkamp's death was a tragic accident. (Read: 'Traumatized' Pistorius a 'Suicide Risk', Says Psychologist's Report)

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