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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.

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Thank you to my loved ones and those that have been there for me, who have picked me up and helped me through everything.

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.
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.

Read: Pistorius defence finishing closing argument in murder trial

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 says Pistorius admits to making a mistake when he handles firearm at Johannesburg restaurant

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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.

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Roux presenting detailed timeline of minutes before and after the shooting. He says phone records and other evidence support Pistorius case

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Roux tries to recreate scene: "You're standing at door, vulnerable, affected by slow burn over years, trained to react."

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Roux is summarising Pistorius's account of his response at time of shooting. "I do not have legs. I cannot run away"

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Pistorius defence lawyer: Items moved not 'conspiracy'

Defence lawyer Barry Roux.
Defence lawyer Barry Roux. Credit: APTN

In his closing arguments in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial defence lawyer Barry Roux has said that while items were moved at the scene of the shooting, it did not amount to a 'conspiracy'.

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Items were moved at the scene - though not a "conspiracy", says Roux

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.
Oscar Pistorius in court in Pretoria, South Africa. Credit: APTN
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Second day of closing arguments at trial of Oscar Pistorius. For defence, Barry Roux is on his feet, showing court pictures from crime scene

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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.

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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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