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Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius caught in 'snowball of lies'

A South African state prosecutor said to the judge in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial that the athlete was caught up in a "snowball of lies". Gerrie Nel asked the judge to reject the Olympic and Paralympic track star's defence as "devoid of any truth".

Gerrie Nel asked the judge to reject the Olympic and Paralympic track star's defence as
Gerrie Nel asked the judge to reject the Olympic and Paralympic track star's defence as Credit: APTN

The court will have to reject his evidence. The court must have a credible version from the accused. The court should have no difficulty in rejecting his full version of events, not only as not reasonably possibly true, but in essence as being absolutely devoid of any truth.

– South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel

Since the trial opened in early March, Nel has portrayed Pistorius as a gun-obsessed hothead who shot 29-year-old Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door where she was taking refuge after a heated argument.

Read: Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumes with closing arguments

Pistorius looked drained and yawned through hearing

by - Africa Correspondent

Oscar Pistorius appeared incredibly drained both yawing and stretching throughout the hearing. In the last few moments he seemed incredibly emotional when his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp was discussed.

This has been a five month legal process, but perhaps there is another reason for the strain. Pistorius' brother, who has been here almost every day throughout this trial, is lying in a hospital bed now. He is seriously injured on a ventilator, having been involved in a car crash at the weekend.

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Nel returns to his sporting analogy. Pistorius has "dropped the baton... The baton of truth is not with him"

Perhaps both sides will be willing an end to this process. Tomorrow, after today's prosecution closing argument, the court will hear from the defence legal team. A day not for major revelations but for a reiteration before a verdict is delivered, perhaps, in a few weeks time.

Read: Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumes with closing arguments

Prosecution: Pistorius 'tied himself in knots' in court

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has claimed that Oscar Pistorius "tied himself in knots" trying to explain what happened when he shot Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door.

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Pistorius sits looking down at notes while Nel claims the defendant had "tied himself in knots" trying to explain what happened

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Nel says Pistorius has 'anxiety on call', and claims the defence contemplated digitally manipulating sound tests

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"He's always the victim" says Nel. "He always places the blame or his actions somewhere else

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Fathers in court for Oscar Pistorius trial

The father of Oscar Pistorius and the father of Reeva Steenkamp are in court are in court for the first time.

Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry (pictured with a beard) was in court for the first time.
Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry (pictured with a beard) was in court for the first time. Credit: ITV News
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Judge Masipo arrived in court, asks defence and prosecution to use time well. Nel, for the State, begins

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For the first time since the start of this trial, the father of Oscar Pistorius and the father of Reeva Steenkamp are in court

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