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Pistorius given bouquet of flowers as he leaves court

A woman stopped Oscar Pistorius as he left the court in Pretoria to give him a bouquet of flowers.

A woman stops Oscar Pistorius as he leaves court to give him some flowers.
A woman stops Oscar Pistorius as he leaves court to give him some flowers. Credit: APTN
Oscar Pistorius leans in as the woman gives him flowers outside the court. Credit: APTN
Oscar Pistorius gives the woman a kiss on the cheek.
Oscar Pistorius gives the woman a kiss on the cheek. Credit: APTN

Pistorius denies he knew Reeva was behind the door

Oscar Pistorius has denied knowing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was behind the toilet door when he fired shots on Valentine's Day last year.

During cross-examination, prosecutor Gerrie Nel told Pistorius, "You knew that Reeva was behind the door, and you shot at her. That is the only thing that makes any sense".

"That's not true", Pistorius replied.

The court has now adjourned until Monday morning.

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Pistorius 'instinctively wanted to confront the danger'

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reported from the Oscar Pistorius murder trial:

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Pistorius says he instinctively wanted to confront the danger. "That's my personality" he says

Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, maintaining he fired his gun in the belief intruders were in his home.

Oscar Pistorius murder trial cross-examination: Latest updates

Pistorius: 'I didn't have time to think' before shooting

Oscar Pistorius told the court he "didn't have time to think" before he shot at the toilet door where his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was.

He denied being ready to shoot when questioned by prosecutor Gerrie Nel, which Nel claimed was "not true".

Reeva Steenkamp's mother June (centre) listens to Oscar Pistorius being cross-examined.
Reeva Steenkamp's mother June (centre) listens to Oscar Pistorius being cross-examined. Credit: APTN

Pistorius continued, "I didn't have time to think. I was dealt with a situation in which I had to protect Reeva and I had to protect myself."

The athlete denies murdering Steenkamp, maintaining he fired his gun in the belief intruders were in his home.

Oscar Pistorius murder trial cross-examination: Latest updates

Pistorius 'clearly in distress' as he is cross-examined

Oscar Pistorius broke down as he was cross-examined by Gerrie Nel, with the prosecutor acknowledging he was "clearly in distress".

Asked why he was getting emotional, Pistorius' voice broke as he said, "Because this is the night that I lost the person that I cared about. I don't understand why people don't understand that".

The judge ordered to the court to adjourn briefly to allow the athlete to regain his composure.

Reeva's mother: Pistorius tried to apologise in private

Reeva Steenkamp's mother has confirmed Oscar Pistorius tried to apologise in private to the family.

In a message relayed to the court by prosecutor Gerrie Nel, June Steenkamp backed Pistorius' claim that the had asked for a meeting yesterday afternoon to apologise face-to-face,

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reported from the Pretoria court:

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Nel tells the court that Pistorius asked Reeva's mother, June Steenkamp, for a meeting yesterday afternoon, but she said she wasn't ready

Oscar Pistorius admits making mistake during testimony: Latest updates

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Pistorius admits to making mistake during testimony

Oscar Pistorius has admitted to the court that he made a mistake during his testimony today.

While questioning Pistorius over whether he had turned off the alarm system at his home the night he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the athlete had changed his evidence.

Asked if he was too tired to proceed Pistorius answered, "It's not that I want time, it's that I'm tired. I'm going to be tired ... I don't need time. I am tired, that's not going to change.

"I understand the predicament that Mr Nel is in, I just ask that he bears with me - I've made a mistake, I've admitted to making a mistake.".

The athlete denies murdering his girlfriend, maintaining he fired his gun in the belief intruders were in his home.

Oscar Pistorius gives evidence at murder trial: Latest updates

Prosecutor challenges Pistorius' fear of crime claims

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has challenged Oscar Pistorius' claims of being in fear of crime during the athlete's murder trial.

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports from the Pretoria court:

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Nel now challenging Pistorius' claims of being in fear of crime

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Pistorius was not a victim of burglary at home where shooting happened "except police stealing my watches"

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Prosecutor Nel attempting to dismantle Pistorius' account of a man motivated by fear. They believe he was driven by rage

Prosecutor to Pistorius: 'Your version is a lie'

A photograph of Oscar Pistorius' bedroom following the shooting.
A photograph of Oscar Pistorius' bedroom following the shooting. Credit: RTV

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has claimed that there are a number of contradictions that prove Oscar Pistorius' story surrounding Reeva Steenkamp's death is a "lie".

The court was shown an image of Pistorius' bedroom following the fatal shooting, with a fan sitting in front of the balcony entrance and a duvet on the floor.

Pistorius had claimed that the duvet was on the bed when he left to investigate 'intruders' he believed to be in his bathroom.

Nel also says that Pistorius' claim he ran out to the balcony and "yelled" following the shooting could not be true as the fan would have made it too difficult to do so.

Pistorius claims he did not put the duvet and fan in the positions shown in the photograph.

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