Verdict in Pistorius murder trial set for September 11

A South African judge has set the date to deliver a verdict in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial for September 11.

Oscar Pistorius' defence team has finished its closing arguments in the athlete's murder trial before the judge retires to consider her verdict.

Pistorius, 27, denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the night of Valentine's Day last year.

The prosecution accused the athlete yesterday of telling "a snowball of lies" during the high-profile trial.

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Pistorius looked drained and yawned through hearing

Oscar Pistorius appeared incredibly drained both yawing and stretching throughout the hearing. In the last few moments he seemed incredibly emotional when his relationship with Reeva Steenkamp was discussed.

This has been a five month legal process, but perhaps there is another reason for the strain. Pistorius' brother, who has been here almost every day throughout this trial, is lying in a hospital bed now. He is seriously injured on a ventilator, having been involved in a car crash at the weekend.

Perhaps both sides will be willing an end to this process. Tomorrow, after today's prosecution closing argument, the court will hear from the defence legal team. A day not for major revelations but for a reiteration before a verdict is delivered, perhaps, in a few weeks time.

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