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Pistorius judgment set for 11 Sept.

Both the state and the defence have delivered their closing arguments in Pretoria.

Murder accused Oscar Pistorius is escorted out of the North Gauteng High Court on 8 August 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - Judgment in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial will be delivered on 11 September.

Defence advocate Barry Roux wrapped up his closing argument in the North Gauteng High Court to prove that the double amputee is not guilty of murder.

Roux is adamant the athlete acted in self-defence, believing he was under threat from an intruder when he opened fire on Valentine's Day last year, shooting and killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

While he claims he shot her by accident, the state alleges he intended to kill her.

The state presented its case yesterday and argued that the athlete was an appalling and deceitful witness, whose version must be dismissed.

Pistorius also faces three separate charges, including two counts of discharging firearms in public and possession of illegal ammunition, all of which he denies.

The athlete broke down frequently during the trial, often sobbing and vomiting into a bucket.

Judge Thokozile Masipa has more than 4,000 pages of evidence to review.

Steenkamp's dramatic death has shattered the image of Pistorius as an embodiment of triumph over adversity for both his Paralympic victories and his success against able-bodied athletes at the 2012 London Olympics.

ROUX TRIES TO DISPEL STATE'S VERSION

Roux moved to dispel the prosecution's version of the crime scene on the night Pistorius shot Steenkamp.

The defence argued that based on the evidence, the court will be compelled to acquit the athlete.

Roux said the court must consider Pistorius's conduct during the 20 seconds he stood in the bathroom with his firearm pointed at the toilet door.

He said the judge must take into account the effect Pistorius's disability has had on him, his heightened anxiety and that as an athlete, he was trained to react to sound.

The advocate said his client did not foresee the possibility that Steenkamp was in the bathroom and genuinely believed she was in the bedroom.

Roux said if the court takes all this into account and finds that Pistorius acted reasonably, then he should be acquitted of murder.

He said if the court does not, then he is guilty of culpable homicide.

PLACEMENT OF ITEMS IN FOCUS

Roux lashed out at the state for saying that Pistorius lied about his movements in the bedroom on the day of the shooting.

He said the court must consider that investigators disturbed the crime scene and therefore certain objects were not found in their original place.

But Roux argued that the court cannot ignore that police moved the duvet, jeans and fans in the room.However, he didn't claim this was a conspiracy on their part as he had previously suggested during the trial.

Yesterday, prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued there was no space for the plug of an extension chord that Pistorius alleged he used for a fan in his room.

Pistorius says he went to get a fan from his balcony when he heard a noise in his bathroom but Nel says the fan could not have reached the balcony.

But Roux hit back, saying the extension chord went missing after police took control of the scene.

PISTORIUS'S PERFORMANCE COMPROMISED

Roux argued that Pistorius's performance in the witness box was compromised by his state of mind.

He admitted that there were instances where the athlete's memory was fuzzy while testifying but argued that Pistorius was diagnosed with extreme depression, anxiety and was on medication and in mourning.

Roux said the findings in the psychiatric report showed that there was evidence that Pistorius had genuine feelings for Steenkamp.

He added that Pistorius presented no signs of anger or hostility, and there was no evidence that the relationship was abusive.

The lawyer also highlighted the contradictions in the evidence of the two senior police officers who claimed to be on the crime scene first.

He also pointed out discrepancies in the testimony of some of the neighbours and insisted that phone records show a timeline.

For more on the trial, click here, or visit the live Oscar Pistorius blog, click here.

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