Oscar team files final argument

Johannesburg - The defence team for murder accused Oscar Pistorius filed their final argument in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday, his lawyer said.

"We have filed our argument and are ready," said member of the Pistorius legal team, lawyer Brian Webber.

Final argument in Pistorius's murder trial will be heard on Thursday.

The State filed its arguments on 30 July.

On 8 July, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that no heads of argument could be published in print or electronic media until the commencement of the arguments in court.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel made the application to prevent publication.

Masipa said the broadcast or publication of such documents before they had been heard in court would be theft.

The Paralympian is on trial for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February last year.

He claims he shot her by accident through the locked door of his toilet in his Pretoria home, thinking she was an intruder about to emerge and attack him.

The State contends he killed her during an argument.

Pistorius underwent a month-long psychiatric evaluation at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, after which the court heard he did not suffer from general anxiety disorder.


nematendam 2014-08-04 04:49:43 PM
it seem he will soon know his fate!
Miska Ponyecz 2014-08-04 04:52:43 PM
Let's finish this now been dragging on for to long now
Motofogo Mulilo 2014-08-04 04:52:48 PM
There is a good chance Oscar will go free. Defence did well.
David Webb 2014-08-04 06:00:00 PM
Blinde. R100 K per day X for council plus experts X the amount of days spent... = a lot....
Jason Marriott 2014-08-04 06:05:39 PM
About time throw him in jail already
Itumeleng Seane 2014-08-04 06:21:07 PM
emotions aside, taking into consideration the lack of pre meditation, he is going to walk.
Renier Smith 2014-08-04 06:35:35 PM
The way I see it there is no proven evidence. Just testimony. Even the gun charges wont stick.
Senzi Khambule 2014-08-04 07:32:15 PM
Money talks neh
Mandy Cuffley Nel 2014-08-04 07:43:52 PM
Just remembered something by Prosecutor Gerrie Nel: "Your version is not only untruthful, but it's so improbable that it cannot be reasonably, possibly true." Good luck, Mr Nel!
David Boon 2014-08-04 08:26:46 PM
If he gets off it'll set a precedent for all gun onwers to randomely shoot unseen intruders who enter their homes.