Nel: It's clear Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp
The advocate told the court that Pistorius's version is devoid of truth and must be rejected altogether.
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PRETORIA - State prosecutor Gerrie Nel has dismissed murder accused Oscar Pistorius's claim of perceived danger on the day he shot his girlfriend, arguing it's clear he intended to kill Reeva Steenkamp.
Nel is this afternoon continuing his closing argument in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
He told the court that the double amputee's version of events is devoid of truth and must be rejected altogether.
Pistorius maintains his innocence, saying he shot Steenkamp at his upmarket Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year because he was convinced she was an intruder.
Nel said the evidence proves otherwise.
"Even in the event that the court would accept the accused's version, he cannot escape the finding that he acted with dolus eventualis [awareness of the likely outcome of an action] by arming himself and approaching the danger."
Nel said Pistorius foresaw the possibility of shooting and killing someone but still decided to fire through the door.
He said there are several key points that make Pistorius's testimony improbable.
"My lady to even consider the accused's defence, the court would have to accept the following: The deceased decided to relieve herself and did so without saying a word to the accused - they were both awake and had just had a conversation."
The prosecutor said Steenkamp would have responded to her name being called and urged the court to carefully consider the athlete's claims.
"It just gets ridiculous with the utmost respect."
Nel said objectively, there was no imminent attack which forced Pistorius to shoot, and he's also failed to describe the perceived intruder.
He said Pistorius 'created' a sound which he told the court forced him to shoot, but even here he changed his version.
He said the athlete first said he thought the bathroom door was opening, and then said he heard movement inside the cubicle, which prompted him to shoot.
The prosecutor has argued that even Pistorius's own expert witnesses have disagreed with his version of events that the magazine rack was found in the corner, when it was in fact in the toilet when Steenkamp was killed.
The state has also pointed out that between the shooting and carrying Steenkamp down the stairs, Pistorius had time to plug his cellphone into a charger, despite all the emotional stress he claimed he was under.
Pistorius sat quite calmly as he watched Nel bluntly accuse him of telling lies in court.
The athlete broke down frequently during the trial, often sobbing and vomiting into a bucket.
The closing arguments are expected to last two days.
The defence will present its closing argument tomorrow and after that, Judge Thokozile Masipa, who has more than 4,000 pages of evidence to review, will retire to consider her verdict.
To see the heads of argument click here.