Closing arguments filed by Pistorius's legal team

The athlete's legal team says it’s ready for the matter to be heard in court later this week.

FILE: Oscar Pistorius in conversation with his legal team Barry Roux (left) and Kenny Oldwage (right) on the second day of his murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 4 March 2014. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Oscar Pistorius's legal team has filed its final arguments in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria and says it is ready for the matter to be heard in court later this week.

The Paralympic and Olympic athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year.

The double amputee says he shot his model girlfriend by accident after mistaking her for an intruder, but the state maintains it was premeditated murder.

The state filed its documents last Wednesday ahead of the oral presentation set down for Thursday and Friday.

Last month, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that no heads of argument could be published in print or electronic media until the commencement of the arguments in court.

Defence Advocate Barry Roux is likely to focus his arguments on two aspects, the physical and psychological vulnerabilities of his client and the timeline of events that morning.

The defence team called several witnesses to show Pistorius's lifetime of exposure to crime and life as a disabled person heightened his levels of anxiety.

In this state of mind, Roux is likely to argue that the athlete's first response while believing there was an intruder in his house was reasonable.