State ignoring crucial matters - Oscar defence

Pretoria - Final arguments will be heard at the North Gauteng High Court on Friday by murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius's defence team.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel completed his closing arguments on Thursday.

He described Pistorius as a deceitful and dishonest person, who would rather hide behind untruths than admit he murdered his girlfriend in cold blood.

Nel said Pistorius was an appalling witness who tailored his evidence to avoid prosecution. He dismissed several points of Pistorius's testimony as improbable and untruthful.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux spent the last half hour of Thursday's proceedings dismissing Nel's arguments. He accused the State of being selective in the evidence it chose to accept and consider for its case and of ignoring crucial matters raised in the trial.

Pistorius is charged with murdering his model and law-graduate girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. He shot and killed her through a locked toilet door at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year.

He alleged he mistook her for an intruder.

The State has submitted that Pistorius intentionally shot her after an argument.

Nel said Pistorius tailored his evidence because he was concerned with the implications of his answers.

Roux was expected to conclude his closing arguments on Friday.

Kobus Hattingh 2014/08/08 05:33:48 AM
Gerrie Nel clearly won this court battle and Oscar will soon be heading for jail. Well done Adv Nel for bringing justice for Reeva.
Finya Ngendololwane 2014/08/08 05:50:29 AM
If a man manipulatively uses his lies, charm , wealth, super car, big house fame, profession, or heritage etc as bait in order to exploit vulnerable women's undying need for beauty, attention, security or love to have sex with them, then he is nothing different to Moses Sithole the RSA psychopath. Unfortunately many ladies are like salmon, always falling for the same bait. Women must never be alone with a man in a bedroom with a man with whom they are not married to..
ancbasher 2014/08/08 06:02:00 AM
Barry Roux is acting like an opposition political party, criticising everything that government is doing, while not offering any alternative solutions. Instead of offering a solid case for the defence, he only criticises the state's case.
Phana Mbiza Dube 2014/08/08 06:09:04 AM
Adv Barry just accept it you hv made a lot of money frm the athlete however its clear he is guilty as charged.
Mr T. 2014/08/08 06:09:58 AM
Can't wait for the final date if this case. Country need to move on. Young stars need to be taught that they are not superior to woman. Government is sitting with a huge challenge to address this decease.
Ray Mond 2014/08/08 06:31:45 AM
What a waste of time and money from Oscar. He could have made things easier for him by telling the truth. His pride will cost him a lot.
Arthur Salvado 2014/08/08 07:31:38 AM
Barry has done a great job but not easy defending the guilty (my view). Uphill battle today eventhough he will be more eloquent than Nel. The facts will however prevail. Oscar, you lied.
Julie Koekemoer 2014/08/08 08:08:49 AM
When I read the headline I was under the impression that the article would tell us why. Alas, only two vague sentences dedicated to the topic. Once again, poor reporting.
Stefan Van Der Spuy 2014/08/08 08:19:14 AM
Barry Roux never really defended OP and Gerrie Nel did not prove that OP killed Reeva after an argument. I am not a lawyer, but in forty days there was so much time wasted on irrelevant gibberish. What we do know are the facts from day one, that OP shot Reeva claiming that he thought it was an intruder, and that is very doubtful. Gerrie Nel should have spent a lot more time on pulling the shouting and screaming that some of the witnesses heard, into this case, to prove that OP lost his cool and shot Reeva in a fit of rage. He did not do that. I don't think he can be found guilty of premeditated murder, my humble opinion.
Mzi Makate 2014/08/08 08:28:02 AM
why didnt the botha guy testify is the state hiding somethin