Oscar Trial: State to present final arguments

Closing arguments have been set down for today and tomorrow, when the defence will present its case.

Oscar Pistorius arrives for Day 39 of his murder trial in Pretoria on 8 July 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The state will have one last opportunity today to convince the High Court in Pretoria that Oscar Pistorius should be convicted for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Closing arguments have been set down for today and tomorrow, when the defence will present its case.

Pistorius has maintained he shot Steenkamp by accident, believing she was an intruder.

The state however says he killed her in a fit of rage following an argument.

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The locked toilet door, four bullets fired through it, screams heard by neighbours and a list of improbabilities are expected to feature in prosecutor Gerrie Nel's arguments to find Pistorius guilty of murder.

The state called 21 witnesses; from the athlete's neighbours and friends, to police ballistics and forensic experts.

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Nel will present the evidence he believes proves Pistorius got into an argument with Steenkamp, fetched his firearm and chased her to the bathroom where she locked herself in the toilet cubicle, before shooting her in a fit of rage.

As the state prepares to make its closing arguments, Steenkamp's father Barry may today for the first time attend the trial at the High Court.

While Reeva's mother June has attended nearly every day of the murder trial, ill health has kept her husband at home.

Barry suffered a stroke shortly before the trial started in March and has maintained a low profile tending to horses and his new pub since then.

And while Reeva's supporter's bench might feature a newcomer to court, the Pistorius side might be minus a regular.

The athlete's older brother Carl is believed to still be recovering in hospital after a serious car accident last week.

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