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Pistorius defence team to file closing arguments

The state filed its documents last week, ahead of the oral presentation this week.

Oscar Pistorius during his murder case in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on 19 August 2013. Picture: Christa Van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius' defence team has until the end of today to file their closing arguments at the High Court in Pretoria.

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

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 premeditated murder.

Pistorius insists he shot Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.

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' 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 is an intruder in his house was reasonable.

The advocate will also likely look at the timeline of events to argue that the first noise Pistorius' neighbours heard was in fact the gunshots.

The second noises were Pistorius attacking the door with a cricket bat.