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Man 'pelted to death with oranges' in South Africa

Two men are suspected of killing a farmworker by pelting him with oranges in South Africa, the Associated press reports.

It is thought the man could have died from
It is thought the man could have died from Credit: Paul Seheult/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

South African Police Lieutenant Moatshe Ngoepe said the suspects allegedly argued with the man before collecting oranges and throwing them at him.

The man had no visible injury but was declared dead at the scene suggesting he may have suffered "blunt force trauma."

Police and prosecutors are now awaiting the results of an autopsy before they can bring any criminal charges.

Shrien Dewani 'declared mentally fit to stand trial'

Shrien Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill his wife on honeymoon.
Shrien Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill his wife on honeymoon. Credit: Reuters/Paul Hackett

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani was today declared mentally fit to stand trial at a court in South Africa, AFP Africa has reported.

The millionaire businessman's new wife Anni Dewani died when she was shot in the neck as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

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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.

Read more: Oscar Pistorius' brother in hospital after car crash

Game lodge owner had 'just withdrawn wages'

Game lodge owner Christine Robinson - who is believed to have been murdered in South Africa - had just withdrawn ages to pay staff were missing, according to a family spokesman.

Christine with husband Robbie.
Christine with husband Robbie. Credit: ITV News

Mrs Robinson, a former primary school teacher, jointly owned the game lodge with her husband, Robbie, who died from cancer two years ago. Her niece Lehanne Sergison, 43, from Bickley, Kent, said friends and family are "heartbroken".

We know very little. She was murdered on Wednesday. We haven't had much joy out of the police in South Africa, so we don't really know anything more than that.

– Niece Lehanne Sergison.

There has been frustration over the fact the press seems to have more information about the incident than the family.

British woman believed stabbed to death at game lodge in South Africa

A British woman described as "bubbly" and "adventurous" is believed to have been murdered in South Africa.

Described as a "wonderful lady" Christine Robinson, 59, who was originally from Liverpool but had been living in South Africa for about 10 years, is thought to have been found stabbed to death and robbed.

Thabazimbi, 150 miles north-west of Johannesburg.
Thabazimbi, 150 miles north-west of Johannesburg. Credit: Google Maps

Her body was found on Wednesday in her bedroom at the game lodge she owned in Limpopo, near Thabazimbi, 150 miles north-west of Johannesburg.

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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.

Read more: Defence say Oscar Pistorius is a suicide risk

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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