Pistorius trial postponed until August

Closing arguments in the murder trial will be heard on 7 and 8 August.

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria for Day 39 of his murder trial in Pretoria on 8 July 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN,

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's legal team has closed its case, choosing not to call another witness.

Closing arguments will now be heard on 7 and 8 August.

The Paralympic and Olympic athlete is accused of murdering Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury Silver Woods Country Estate home in Pretoria East on Valentine's Day last year.

The double amputee says he shot the model by accident, while the state maintains it was a case of premeditated murder.

Pistorius also faces gun-related charges in connection with two separate shooting incidents, one from a moving car and another at a crowded Johannesburg north restaurant.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges on the first day of his murder trial on 3 March.

Advocate Barry Roux has officially closed the defence's case after calling Professor Wayne Derman as the final witness.

Derman, who treated the athlete as a patient, testified about Pistorius's disability, vulnerability and how this affected his actions on Valentine's Day last year.

He did, however, concede that Pistorius intended to shoot.

Roux also told the court that a number of witnesses refused to testify.

"We put on record, not that the court can do anything about it but just so it's on the record, that we were unable to call a number of witnesses who simply refused to testify because they said they didn't want their voices all over the world."

Judge Thokozile Masipa has ruled that heads of argument may not be published until the state and defence have presented their cases in court.


As the murder trial nears its end, Steenkamp's parents said they've forgiven the athlete.

June and Barry Steenkamp spoke to British magazine Hello! while Pistorius was being assessed at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital.

The tabloid features the couple snuggling on the beach with the scattered ashes of their daughter.

June says she still feels her daughter's presence and talks to her all the time.

But she believes Reeva will only rest in peace once the trial is over.

June says while she's forgiven him, she's determined to face Pistorius in court to reclaim Reeva.

Barry said he wished he'd intervened and stopped Reeva from seeing Pistorius, but realised his daughter wouldn't have accepted such intervention in her life.

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