Oscar Pistorius: Prep for judgment underway

Preparations at the High Court begin this week for the final judgment in Oscar Pistorius’s trial.

Oscar Pistorius during his court case at the High Court in Pretoria 8 August 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Preparations at the High Court in Pretoria get underway this week, just days ahead of judgment in the murder trial of Olympian Oscar Pistorius.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is scheduled to deliver her ruling on Thursday.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

He has argued that it was an accident, after mistaking her for an intruder.

But the state believes he killed her in a fit of rage following an argument.

Satellite trucks, outside broadcast studios and hundreds of metres of cables are expected to line Madiba Street, as the world once against casts its gaze to Pretoria.

The focus will be on Judge Masipa, as she considers the evidence of 37 witness and the four charges against the blade runner.

The question every wants to know is, did the athlete murder his girlfriend? or was it a tragic accident?

The state has argued that a fight preceded the shooting, presenting neighbours' testimony of hearing a woman screaming to prove this.

The defence argued that as a life-long amputee, Pistorius has increased vulnerability, suffers from anxiety and is fearful of crime which led to the shooting.