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Pistorius covers his ears as Reeva's wounds are detailed

Oscar Pistorius has broken down in tears on several occasions during his murder trial today. The South African athlete was sobbing during his cross-examination and later covered his ears as an expert detailed Reeva Steenkamp's wounds.

Reeva Steenkamp was shot by Oscar Pistorius on February 14, 2013. Credit: Reuters

The murder trial continued this afternoon with an expert analysis of the crime scene.

Forensic geologist Roger Dixon described the wounds and marks on Reeva Steenkamp's body, trying to establish her position in the bathroom.

Mr Pistorius' defence lawyer Barry Roux questioned the expert about possible trajectories of bullets that hit Miss Steenkamp, showing the court photographs of her body.

Earlier today, prosecutor Gerrie Nel ended his five-day cross-examination of the former athlete with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, insisting he deliberately killed her after an argument.

Mr Pistorius fatally shot Ms Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home before dawn on February 14 last year. He claims it was a tragic accident.

The former Olympian faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

The court has been adjourned until tomorrow.

Read: Prosecutor finishes Pistorius cross-examination

Reeva: 'Today is a good day to tell you that I love you'

A Valentine's Day card written by Reeva Steenkamp to her boyfriend Oscar Pistorius was presented in court today as part of the former athlete's defence case.

The card reads: "I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you. Reeva xxx"

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Mr Pistorius fatally shot Ms Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home before dawn on Valentine's Day last year.

The former Olympian claims it was a tragic accident and that he thought she was an intruder.

He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

Read: Prosecutor finishes Pistorius cross-examination

Lawyers play the sound of cricket bat smashing door

The defence lawyers of Oscar Pistorius have played the sound of cricket bat smashing a wooden door identical to the one in the athlete's bathroom.

The former athlete is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

A reconstruction of a toilet cubicle in court Credit: AP Photo/Antoine de Ras, Pool

The defence is trying to prove that Mr Pistorius killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.

Neighbours of Mr Pistorius have testified hearing screams and shots on the night of the killing.

The defence claims that what the neigbours heard was in fact the sound of the bat hitting the door and that it was Mr Pistorius himself screaming after realizing his tragic mistake.

Forensic expert: Pistorius bedroom 'pitch black'

A forensic geology expert has told the court in Pretoria that the bedroom in Oscar Pistorius' house was "pitch black" when the curtains were closed and the light was off.

The athlete's defence team has called Roger Dixon to support its claims that Mr Pistorius shot his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake, thinking she was an intruder.

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Pistorius' defence shows Reeva's Valentine's card

An intimate Valentine's Day card written by Reeva Steenkamp to Oscar Pistorius has been read in court today.

The card, presented to the judge by Mr Pistorius' legal team read: "I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you."

Oscar Pistorius has been briefly questioned by his defence team after the prosecution finished its five-day cross-examination of the double amputee athlete.

Mr Pistorius is trying to prove that he killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.

Pistorius fatally shot Miss Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home before dawn on February 14 last year. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

Watch: Prosecutor says it was Pistorius' "intention to kill her"

Prosecutor to Pistorius: 'It was your intention to kill her'

The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the former athlete today with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, insisting he deliberately killed her after an argument.

"You fired four shots through the door whilst knowing that she was standing behind the door," Gerrie Nel told Mr Pistorius.

"She locked herself into the toilet, you armed yourself with the sole purpose of shooting and killing her. And that's what you did."

"That is not true," said Pistorius, who faces life in prison if convicted of murder.

The prosecutor, nicknamed "Bulldog" for his approach to questioning, finished the cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius.

The defence team will now have the opportunity to question the runner again, trying to prove that he killed Miss Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder.

Read: Pistorius facing final day of cross-examination

Pistorius: 'I don't know who we should blame'

At the end of five days of intense cross-examination, South African prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Oscar Pistorius who should be blamed for Reeva Steenkamp's death.The athlete is accused of murdering his model girlfriend.

Mr Pistorius said he was not sure who to blame, insisting that he himself is "not blaming anyone," because he believed there was a threat.

Pistorius fatally shot Ms Steenkamp through a closed toilet door in his home before dawn on February 14 last year. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

Prosecutor: 'Should we blame Reeva?'

ITV News Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo is in the courtroom in Pretoria, watching the cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius.

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"Should we blame Reeva?.. Should we blame the government?" Nel asks Pistorius who should be blamed for Pistorius shooting at his girlfriend

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We are looking at more images of the bloodied bathroom door. Pistorius describing how he called for an ambulance

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