'Pistorius’s version is devoid of any truth'
The state says Pistorius’s version of how Reeva was shot and killed is devoid of any truth.
Nel began by setting the tone of his closing argument.
He says criminal trials are very blunt tools for finding the truth and that it has been difficult to get to the bottom of this case.
Nel told the High Court in Pretoria that murder accused Oscar Pistorius's version of events is devoid of any truth and the athlete is always the victim of circumstances.
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Nel says, in summary, the court won't be able to accept that Pistorius perceived intruders if it disputes any other parts of his version of events, adding the court must find that the athlete's version is not credible, as there's no reasonable possibility that his version is true.
He says Pistorius never told those on the scene that it was an accident or that the gun just went off, he said he shot because he believed there was an intruder.
Nel has also argued that this claim shows intention.
He used the analogy of a relay race where the athlete is running with the baton of truth and that lies cause the athlete to stumble and drop the baton.
Nel says Pistorius dropped the baton and his version is devoid of any truth.
Today the state will summarise the testimony of all of its witnesses and the evidence it presented to try and prove that Pistorius is guilty of murder.
There was an unusually smaller crowd outside the High Court in Pretoria this morning, compared to the past few months since the trial started.
Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp at the SA Sports Awards on 4 November 2012. Picture: AFP.
Pistorius says he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder but the state has argued he shot her in cold blood.
He says Pistorius has presented two different defences to the court.
"My lady, its defences that you can never reconcile. It's much like we said in paragraph 34, it's an alibi but if you find us there then we acted in self-defence. It's two defences that you can never argue."
He says Pistorius doesn't really have a defence, adding his argument will show that the accused tailored his version.
Nel has argued that Pistorius is a deceitful witness who cannot take responsibility for any wrongdoing, insists Pistorius intentionally shot Steenkamp and the court should dismiss his evidence all together.
"One cannot interpret it any other way. 'I fired shots at the toilet door' - that's a positive action of firing. The only instant that one can draw from that is that he fired with an intention to fire at the door."
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Nel also addressed the court and going through a timeline of events, including what happened on Valentine's Day last year, when the Paralympian shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home.
The defence will present its closing argument tomorrow, ahead of judgment.
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