Prosecutors wrap up Oscar Pistorius case

Defence lawyers will begin presenting their case when the matter resumes on Friday.

Oscar Pistorius during his murder trial at the High Court in Pretoria on 24 March 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - The state on Tuesday wrapped up its case in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The 27-year-old athlete is accused of murdering his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on 14 February 2013.

Prosecutors believe it was premeditated murder, while the 'Blade Runner' claims he shot in her in a case of mistaken identity, thinking she was an intruder.

The final witness called to the stand this afternoon was police forensic analyst Colonel Gerhard Vermeulen.

Earlier in the case, he testified about marks on the bathroom door matching up to the cricket bat Pistorius used to bash down the door.

The officer was today called back to court by defence advocate Barry Roux, saying there were additional marks higher up on the door, indicating Pistorius was on his prosthetic legs at the time.

However, Vermeulen maintained the athlete was on his stumps while using the cricket bat.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel then concluded the state's case.

Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed the matter to Friday morning.

Defence lawyers will now consult witnesses not questioned by the state and will begin presenting their case when the matter resumes.

The state lined up 107 witnesses for the trial but only a fraction testified.


The athlete's public relations agent on Tuesday accused the creators of a fake Facebook page of soliciting money from the public.

The page, titled Oscar Pistorius Official, is allegedly being run by an impostor soliciting money from unsuspecting followers, according to a statement.

Pistorius family spokesperson Anneliese Burgess says the page has been engaging in fraudulent activities.

She has been trying to get the page shut down for a number of weeks now.

Shortly before the 'Blade Runner's' case got underway, his agents launched a Twitter account which they said would share "factual updates" about the case.

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