Pistorius refuses to take responsibility - Nel

Pretoria - Murder-accused Oscar Pistorius does not take responsibility for his actions and is always the victim, the State argued in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday.

"It became clear that the accused is incapable of taking any responsibility," prosecutor Gerrie Nel said in his closing arguments.

Pistorius "refused to take any responsibility for his actions" and was always the victim.

"He always places the blame for his actions somewhere else."

Closing arguments

Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

He shot her dead through the locked door of his toilet at his Pretoria home.

Pistorius has denied guilt, saying he thought she was an intruder about to open the door and attack him. The State contends he shot her during an argument.

Nel started his closing arguments saying the State received the defence's arguments only after it filed its own.

The State filed its final arguments on 30 July, and the defence on Monday.

Nel said he wanted to set the tone and quoted one of his favourite quotes.

"I was thinking that a criminal trial is a very blunt instrument for getting to the truth," Nel quoted.

Two defences

He said the defence indicated that it had two defences for the trial but Nel said this was not the norm.

"It's not two normal defences," he said.

The defences presented by the defence were that Pistorius did not have criminal capacity and if there was it was in self-defence, he said.

"It's two defences that can never be reconciled," Nel said asking the court to choose one.

'Weak' performance

He said Pistorius gave a "weak performance" during cross-examination and his version should be rejected.

"If one rejects his version of what happened that night then there was no perceived intrusion," Nel said.

He said Steenkamp locked herself in the toilet cubicle at 03:00 in the morning with her cellphone and she was fully dressed.

It was not as if she just used the bathroom and was getting dressed, he said.

Pistorius fired four shots with a "powerful handgun" with black tallon ammunition, of which three hit Steenkamp, Nel said.

"There were only two people in the house, one was killed. And one survived."


Nel said he knew there would be an argument that there was no onus on Pistorius, but the State would deal with that.

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act, one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges as well.

Nel said the athlete's discharging of a firearm in Tasha's restaurant was a "blatant disregard of the law".

The trial continues.

Lorraine Eksteen 2014/08/07 11:52:49 AM
I totally agree!!!
Ame Ombre 2014/08/07 12:28:49 PM
OP cant seem to forsake the habit of untruth... Perhaps if OP did indulge in the truth,it could at least constitute a sure reason for forgiveness from his Creator and perhaps in time by Reeva Steenkamp's parents...Its said that truth saves and untruth is the cause of perdition...
Mkhululi Lucky Nabee Phindani 2014/08/07 12:31:40 PM
wow Nell is a boss he put it into u vividly.
Mkhululi Lucky Nabee Phindani 2014/08/07 12:31:40 PM
wow Nell is a boss he put it into u vividly.
Patrick Norman Wernich 2014/08/07 02:34:07 PM
In jail he will be made an example...the will take his prosthesis off and enjoy his anger properly. The fact remains his dodging the real truth so how could her family ever get closure ? What is most worrying about south african woman is the fact that most of the people that believes he is innocent is woman and also most of his supporters is woman...come on ladies really is that what you want in a man ??????????
Francois van der Merwe 2014/08/07 03:31:06 PM
Come on dude... You killed someone... Take the pain for what you gave her and her family... Just say: Yes I killed her, and get this over with.
Lesiba Lelahane 2014/08/07 06:09:22 PM
Put him to his right place
Lesiba Lelahane 2014/08/07 06:12:12 PM
Take responsibilities for your actions