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Oscar Pistorius appeal comes to a close

An appeal by South African prosecutors to have Oscar Pistorius' culpable homicide charge changed to a murder one has come to an end with judgement reserved until a later date.

Judge: Miracle 'not to shoot someone' when firing through door

An appeal court judge has told Oscar Pistorius' lawyer that it "would be a miracle not to shoot someone" if firing repeatedly through a door which someone is behind.

Responding to the lawyer's submission that the original judge in his client's case had not ignored key circumstantial evidence Justice Leach said: "If you put four shoots through that door you must surely foresee that you will shoot someone."

Prosecutor: Circumstantial evidence should be reviewed

The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorious case has argued that the judge in the original case should not have thrown out circumstantial evidence which would have made the athlete's version of events "impossible".

Gerrie Nel said: "The court ignored the evidence, the most important circumstantial evidence, that would make the accused version, not reasonably or possibly true, but impossible."

Nel is arguing that Pistorius should have been given a murder conviction.

Steenkamp's mother arrives in court for Pistorius appeal

Reeva Steenkamp's mother June has arrived in court this morning as Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers appear back before judges in a fresh bid to try to keep their client from returning to jail.

Speaking to Sky News Reeva's mother said the paralympian's original sentence had been too short.

She said: "He killed her and he's been in jail for 11 months and it's too short a time for taking someone's life.

"And even though I don't want to hurt him in any way, he has to face the truth … it's justice for Reeva."


'British couple' found dead on South Africa beach

The pair were found dead on Robberg Beach, South African authorities said. Credit: Google Street View

Two British tourists have been found dead on a beach in South Africa, the National Sea Rescue Institute has said.

A statement said the bodies of a 28-year-old man and 26-year-old woman, believed to be from Northern Ireland, were found on Robberg Beach in Plettenberg Bay.

It is suspected they drowned after going for a swim shortly after arriving on holiday.

A local man raised the alarm at about 6pm yesterday after discovering the man's body in shallow surf on Robberg Beach, the NSRI said.

The woman's body was found around 200 metres away by two women walking along the beach.

The Foreign Office confirmed the deaths of two British nationals in South Africa on Friday, adding: "We are providing assistance to both families at this extremely difficult time, and will remain in contact with local authorities.”

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