Verdict in Pistorius murder trial set for September 11

A South African judge has set the date to deliver a verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial for September 11.

Oscar Pistorius' defence team has finished its closing arguments in the athlete's murder trial before the judge retires to consider her verdict.

Pistorius, 27, denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the night of Valentine's Day last year.

The prosecution accused the athlete yesterday of telling "a snowball of lies" during the high-profile trial.

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Pistorius to learn verdict in five weeks' time

The verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial will be delivered on September 11th, the athlete learnt in court today.

His lawyer finished his summing up today, likening the athlete to an "abused woman".

Pistorius admits shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but denies murder.

ITV News Africa correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from the court in Pretoria:

Pistorius praises 'loved ones who helped me through'

Oscar Pistorius has thanked his loved ones for their support in a message on Twitter.

Pistorius has largely stayed away form social media since the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, 27, denies murdering his girlfriend on the night of Valentine's Day last year.

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Roux: Pistorius high fight response because of disability

Defence lawyer Barry Roux said during his closing arguments that psychological evidence proved that Oscar Pistorius had a heightened fight response because of his disability.

You are a little boy without legs. You experience daily that disability, and the effect of this. You experience daily, that you cannot run away. With that disability, over time, you get an exaggerated flight responses.

– Defence lawyer Barry Roux

Defence Lawyer: Pistorius 'primal instincts' kicked in

A defence lawyer said "primal instincts" kicked in when Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was in a vulnerable and fearful state.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux. Credit: PA

At the athlete's murder trial, lawyer Barry Roux said that Pistorius had felt exposed because he was standing on the stumps of his legs.

You're standing at that door. You're vulnerable. You're anxious. You're trained as an athlete to react. Take all those factors into account. He stands with his finger on the trigger, ready to fire when ready. In some instances a person will fire reflexively. That is your primal instinct.

– Defence lawyer Barry Roux.

Roux said during his closing arguments that psychological evidence had proven the track star had a heightened fight response and naturally faces danger because of his disability.

Roux: 'Pistorius mistake handling firearm in restaurant'

Oscar Pistorius' defence lawyer Barry Roux has conceded that the athlete made a mistake in handling a firearm in a Johannesburg restaurant in South Africa.

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Roux: Pistorius - 'I don't have legs, I can't run away'

Defence lawyer Barry Roux has tried to recreate the circumstances leading up the shooting of Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Defence begins closing arguments in Pistorius trial

The defence lawyer in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has begun presenting his closing arguments.

Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa. Credit: APTN

Pistorius' defence team to finish closing arguments

Oscar Pistorius' defence team will finish their closing arguments in the athlete's murder trial before the judge retires to consider her verdict.

Oscar Pistorius denies deliberately killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Credit: Reuters

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, but the athlete says he mistook her for an intruder.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel claimed Pistorius had told the court "a snowball of lies" during the high-profile trial, and that his defence was "devoid of any truth".

Defence lawyer Barry Roux attacked the state's case in his opening remarks on Thursday, and will conclude his argument today.

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