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Pistorius trial to resume with closing statements

Oscar Pistorius will return to court today as prosecutors and lawyers deliver their closing statements in the athlete's murder trial.

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Oscar Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Credit: Reuters

Judge Masipa is expected to adjourn the case to consider a final verdict once she has heard the arguments.

Pistorius, 27, denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the night of Valentine's Day last year, claiming he mistook her for an intruder.

The trial has captured the world's attention following months of televised courtroom evidence.

Oscar Pistorius' brother 'out of danger' after car crash

Oscar Pistorius' brother is now "out of danger" following a car crash on Friday night, the Associated Press reported.

Carl Pistorius embracing his brother Oscar during his murder trial.
Carl Pistorius embracing his brother Oscar during his murder trial. Credit: Reuters

Carl Pistorius was in a serious condition after a head-on collision in northern South Africa but has now been transferred to a hospital in the capital, Pretoria.

He is said to have suffered broken bones as well as a hip injury and lacerations to his liver and heart.

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Oscar Pistorius' brother in hospital after car crash

Oscar Pistorius' brother is in intensive care following a car crash last night, South African news channel eNCA reported.

Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl Pistorius is reportedly in an intensive care unit in Pretoria.
Oscar Pistorius' brother Carl Pistorius is reportedly in an intensive care unit in Pretoria. Credit: Reuters

Carl Pistorius was reportedly involved in a head-on collision just outside Modimolle in the Limpopo province.

He sustained fractures to his right forearm, leg and left foot as well as a hip injury and lacerations to his liver and heart, the report stated.

Pistorius involved in row at Johannesburg nightclub

Oscar Pistorius's spokesperson says he "regrets" a decision to go out to a nightclub in Johannesburg after getting into an argument with a man about his ongoing murder trial.

Anneliese Burgess said Pistorius was in a "quiet booth" at the VIP Room with his cousin on Saturday night, days after the athlete's trial was adjourned until August 7, when he was "aggressively engaged" by a stranger.

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Oscar Pistorius denies deliberately killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Credit: Safodien Mujahid/ABACA/Press Association Images

The man, identified by South African media as Jared Mortimer, claims Pistorius was drunk and had insulted him before he pushed him back into a chair as bouncers intervened.

But a spokesperson for the club denied the incident, saying: "(Pistorius) was there but there was no altercation and if there had been, we would have known about it."

Ms Burgess said Pistorius left shortly after the argument and "regrets the decision to go to a public space and thereby inviting unwelcome attention".

Pistorius re-enacts Steenkamp shooting in leaked video

Video footage of paralympian Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the night he shot dead Reeva Steenkamp will be broadcast on Australian television.

Oscar Pistorius in court for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Credit: Reuters

The video, which is already online, shows the athlete walking, without his prosthetic legs, across his apartment, as if holding a gun, watched by various men in suits.

His defence team say the footage was part of a number of exercises that made up part of their forensics analysis of the night, and were obtained illegally.

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Court told Oscar Pistorius 'a suicide risk'

Oscar Pistorius is severely traumatised after killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and will become an increasing suicide risk unless he continues to receive mental health care, a court heard today.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux read excerpts from a psychologist's report at Pistorius' murder trial that said the athlete has depression and post-traumatic stress disorder

Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius pictured in court today.
Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius pictured in court today. Credit: Reuters

"His condition is likely to worsen" if professional treatment for those conditions is halted, he told the Pretoria court.

Pistorius denies murdering Steenkamp on Valentine's Day year, claiming he opened fire after mistakenly thinking there was an intruder in the bathroom.

Court told Pistorius does not have a mental health issue

Oscar Pistorius did not have a mental health problem when he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, his murder trial has heard.

Pistorius' trial resumed today after the Olympic and Paralympic athlete underwent a 30-day psychiatric evaluation, during which a panel of experts assessed his mental state at the time of the shooting and whether Pistorius was capable of understanding the wrongfulness of the act.

Oscar Pistorius talks to his defence lawyer Barry Roux inside the Pretoria court where his trial is taking place.
Oscar Pistorius talks to his defence lawyer Barry Roux inside the Pretoria court where his trial is taking place. Credit: REUTERS/Ihsaan Haffejee/Pool

The evaluation came after a psychiatrist, Dr Merryll Vorster, testified for the defence that Pistorius had an anxiety disorder that could have contributed to the killing.

Pistorius denies murder and told the Pretoria court that he opened fire after mistakenly thinking there was an intruder in the bathroom.

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Electrical cord evidence 'appears to have gone missing'

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from Oscar Pistorius' murder trial:

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Argument about whereabouts of electrical cord seen in pictures from Pistorius home. Defence wanted to see it. Appears to have gone missing

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Judge looks unimpressed as Nel tries to explain how electric cord might have gone missing from the crime scene

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This might raise further questions about the quality of the police investigation #PistoriusTrial

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Reeva's mother listens to witness at Pistorius trial

Reeva Steenkamp's mother June Steenkamp was in court today as the Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumed.

Reeva Steenkamp's mother June Steenkamp pictured in court today.
Reeva Steenkamp's mother June Steenkamp pictured in court today. Credit: RTV

Pistorius, who denies murder, claims he shot the 29-year-old model by mistake through a toilet door at his house, thinking she was an intruder.

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