Pistorius trial: Legal teams use break to work on case

The trial, which has continued for over six weeks, will resume on 5 May.

Oscar Pistorius at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

PRETORIA - The legal teams involved in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial will spend the next two weeks working on the case under instruction by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

The trial, which has continued for over six weeks, will resume on 5 May.

Masipa granted the postponement but urged the defence and state to spend the break working on their closing arguments in order to wrap up the trial as soon as possible.

Masipa said she realised the trial had continued for much longer than expected and that the state and defence teams had to deal with other cases.

As a result of several public holidays, the postponement will only result in a loss of seven court days.

Masipa said she would use the time off to read the record and has urged counsel to do the same.

Last week, forensic geolologist Roger Dixon took the stand testifying about light, sound, ballistics and Reeva Steenkamp's wounds.

During cross-examination the state tried to show the court that he should not be considered a credible 'expert' witness.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who is known as the 'bull terrier' in legal circles for his aggressive and relentless line of questioning, also identified numerous inconsistencies in Dixon's tests and findings and accused him of misleading the court.

The double amputee is accused of killing his model girlfriend last Valentine's Day and is also facing three other gun-related charges.

Pistorius also faces a charge of illegal possession of ammunition.

The 27-year-old pleaded not guilty to all charges on the first day of his murder trial on 3 March.

The defence is expected to call its fourth witness when proceedings resume.

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