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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Prosecutor: Oscar Pistorius caught in 'snowball of lies'

A South African state prosecutor said to the judge in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial that the athlete was caught up in a "snowball of lies". Gerrie Nel asked the judge to reject the Olympic and Paralympic track star's defence as "devoid of any truth".

Gerrie Nel asked the judge to reject the Olympic and Paralympic track star's defence as Credit: APTN

The court will have to reject his evidence. The court must have a credible version from the accused. The court should have no difficulty in rejecting his full version of events, not only as not reasonably possibly true, but in essence as being absolutely devoid of any truth.

– South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel

Since the trial opened in early March, Nel has portrayed Pistorius as a gun-obsessed hothead who shot 29-year-old Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door where she was taking refuge after a heated argument.

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