Oscar Pistorius

  • South African prosecutor ends Pistorius cross-examination 15-04-2014 03:03 PM

    The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the track star on Tuesday with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, insisting he deliberately killed her after an argument. "You fired four shots through the door whilst knowing that she...
  • Pistorius 'using emotions as an escape', says prosecutor 14-04-2014 11:39 PM

    Pretoria: The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Monday accused the track star of using emotional breakdowns under cross-examination to evade answering questions about the night he killed his girlfriend. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who faces life in prison if convicted of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, says he...
  • Prosecutor to Oscar Pistorius: Did Reeva scream when you shot her? 11-04-2014 07:30 PM

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' three-day cross-examination reached a dramatic climax on Friday when a prosecutor challenged the double-amputee sprinter repeatedly as to why his girlfriend failed to scream when she was shot four times through a toilet door. In an electric exchange in the Pretoria High Court, Gerrie Nel, one of...
  • I took Reeva's life: Oscar Pistorius tells South African court 09-04-2014 05:11 PM

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius told a South African court on Wednesday that his girlfriend died in his arms, blood pouring from her body, as he tried to revive her after shooting her by mistake. Facing questioning from prosecutor Gerrie Nel for the first time in his murder trial, Pistorius admitted killing...
  • Oscar Pistorius breaks down while recalling shooting 09-04-2014 08:01 AM

    Pretoria: A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the moments when he says he...
  • Relations with girlfriend Reeva sometimes troubled: Oscar Pistorius 08-04-2014 04:44 PM

    Testifying in his murder trial on Tuesday, Oscar Pistorius said he and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp sometimes had troubles in their relationship but that they sorted them out, were in love and were planning a life together. Pistorius said he was "besotted" with the 29-year-old model when they started dating and...
  • 'I am scared to sleep', tearful Pistorius tells court 08-04-2014 08:46 AM

    His voice trembling with emotion, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defence on Monday, saying the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend last year had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. The disabled South African track star, on trial for murder, apologised to the mother...
  • Emotional Oscar Pistorius takes stand in own defence at murder trial 07-04-2014 04:45 PM

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defence at his murder trial on Monday, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. He also apologised to the mother of Reeva Steenkamp in the public...
  • Pistorius due to give evidence as murder trial resumes 07-04-2014 01:17 PM

    South African Paralympic and Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius is expected to take the stand for the first time on Monday in a bid to prove his innocence against charges he murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner" due to the carbon-fibre prosthetic limbs he uses...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial delayed over legal aide illness 29-03-2014 04:41 PM

    Pretoria: The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been delayed until April 7 because one of the legal experts who will assist the judge in reaching a verdict is sick, abruptly ending expectations on Friday that the double-amputee athlete was about to testify on his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva...
  • Pistorius murder trial adjourned until April 7 28-03-2014 01:53 PM

    The murder trail of Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Friday until April 7, when the South African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand in his own defence in a high-stakes bid to prove his innocence and avoid life in prison. Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed proceedings...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial: 'You are a very special person,' one of Steenkamp's messages read 25-03-2014 05:07 PM

    Pretoria: The chief lawyer for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday sought to show at the athlete's murder trial that he had a loving relationship with the girlfriend he killed, referring to telephone messages in which they exchanged warm compliments and said they missed each other. The testimony contrasted with several messages...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial: "I'm scared of you sometimes" read one of Reeva Steenkamp's text message 24-03-2014 08:20 PM

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend told the athlete she was sometimes scared of him and complained about what she described as his short temper and jealousy in the weeks before he killed her, according to phone messages revealed at the Olympian's murder trial on Monday. "I can't be attacked by outsiders...
  • Oscar Pistorius murder trial enters fourth week 24-03-2014 04:27 PM

    Pretoria: A neighbor of Oscar Pistorius testified at his murder trial on Monday that she heard gunshots as well as screams from both a man and a woman on the night that the double-amputee runner fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The testimony by Anette Stipp matched some of the testimony...
  • Pistorius trial to extend to May: Judicial office 23-03-2014 04:54 PM

    Judicial authorities in South Africa say the Oscar Pistorius murder will be in recess for a week in the first half of April, and then resume until mid-May. High court authorities in Gauteng province said in a statement on Sunday that the trial will be halted for the week beginning...
  • Oscar Pistorius to sell home where he killed girlfriend to pay legal expenses 20-03-2014 11:13 PM

    Oscar Pistorius will sell the luxury Pretoria home in which he shot and killed his girlfriend to pay his legal expenses due to an unexpected delay in the trial, his lawyer said on Thursday. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete is on trial for the murder of 29-year old model and...
  • Unwanted fame for Herschelle Gibbs in Oscar Pistorius trial 20-03-2014 11:45 AM

    Johannesburg: Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs found himself under unexpected spotlight during the trial of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The trial is being broadcast live on television and radio, generating unprecedented public interest. Gibbs started receiving messages from fans and...
  • Pistorius' girlfriend was first shot in hip - ballistics expert 19-03-2014 11:14 PM

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend was first shot in the hip, not the head, a South African police ballistics expert told his murder trial on Wednesday, supporting the testimony of earlier witnesses who said they heard screams during a volley of shots. The Olympic and Paralympic track star's defence has argued...
  • Pistorius trial: Bullet trajectory examined 19-03-2014 12:21 PM

    Pretoria: Standing with his arms straight out in front of him and gripping an imaginary pistol in court, a South African police ballistics expert showed on Tuesday how he estimated the trajectory of the four bullets Oscar Pistorius fired through a toilet door while standing on his stumps to kill...
  • Firearms expert tells of Oscar Pistorius' love for guns 17-03-2014 06:13 PM

    Pretoria: Months before he killed his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius said he drew his gun and went into "combat mode" after hearing the noise of a possible intruder at home, which turned out to be a laundry machine, a South African guns expert testified Monday at the athlete's murder trial. Sean...
  • Oscar Pistorius photographed in bloodied prosthetics 14-03-2014 05:00 PM

    Pretoria: Police photographs of Oscar Pistorius standing on his blood-stained prosthetic legs and wearing shorts covered in blood, taken shortly after the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend, were shown to the court at his murder trial Friday. Prosecutors displayed two photos on TV monitors in the courtroom. In one, the...
  • Oscar Pistorius lawyer scrutinises police investigation 13-03-2014 05:11 PM

    Pretoria: A photograph of Oscar Pistorius' blood-stained prosthetic legs was used by his chief defense lawyer Thursday to attempt to show that the athlete was wearing them, as he says, when he broke down a toilet door with a cricket bat to get to the girlfriend he fatally shot. The...
  • Pistorius trial: cricket bat, toilet door shown 12-03-2014 02:37 PM

    Pretoria: A South African forensic analyst has said at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial that a cricket bat was used to strike the toilet door at the athlete's home, in testimony focusing on the events of the night when Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend. Police Col. J. G. Vermeulen on...
  • Oscar Pistorius argued with cop who touched his gun, friend says 11-03-2014 09:47 PM

    Pretoria: South African track star Oscar Pistorius had a row with a policeman who picked up his gun after pulling over his friend for speeding, saying "You can't just touch another man's gun," the friend told his murder trial on Tuesday. Pistorius, a double amputee, is accused of murdering girlfriend...
  • Oscar Pistorius weeps as court hears Reeva Steenkamp autopsy detailsOscar Pistorius weeps as court hears Reeva Steenkamp autopsy details 10-03-2014 06:07 PM

    "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius broke down on Monday when a South African court heard details from the autopsy of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, whom the track star is accused of murdering on Valentine's Day last year. The testimony of pathologist Gert Saayman was interrupted twice by Pistorius' sobbing and retching but...
  • Oscar Pistorius murder trial grips viewers worldwide 09-03-2014 10:54 PM

    Pretoria, South Africa: During breaks in his murder trial, Oscar Pistorius sometimes confers intensely with his camp, murmuring in the ear of his chief defense lawyer. When witnesses testify, the double-amputee athlete takes notes or sits with hands clasped, occasionally covering his face, head bowed, as though troubled by the...
  • Oscar Pistorius' ex-girlfriend says he fired from car 07-03-2014 06:41 PM

    A seething Oscar Pistorius fired his pistol out of a car's open sun-roof after an argument with a police officer, ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor told a court on Friday, the fifth day of his trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Testifying in the Pretoria High Court, she described how the...
  • Witness feared Pistorius might kill himself after shooting girlfriend 06-03-2014 11:11 PM

    One of the first people on the scene after Oscar Pistorius shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp told a court on Thursday he feared the Olympic and Paralympic star, now on trial for murder, might kill himself with the same gun. Testifying on the fourth day of the trial, neighbour Johan Stipp...
  • Pistorius prayed over his shot girlfriend: Witness 06-03-2014 06:27 PM

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius shook slightly, his hands covering his ears as a neighbor described in court Thursday how the famous athlete knelt next to his dead or dying girlfriend, praying as he tried to help Reeva Steenkamp breathe. The testimony in high court in Pistorius' murder trial was riveting and...
  • Pistorius asked friend to 'take blame' for restaurant gunshot: Witness 05-03-2014 04:03 PM

    Pretoria: 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to take the blame for him accidentally discharging a pistol under the table of a posh Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013, a month before he killed his girlfriend, his murder trial heard on Wednesday. Testifying for the prosecution against the South African...