Oscar Pistorius

  • Oscar Pistorius verdict hangs on 'possible improbabilities' 1 week ago

    Johannesburg: Eighteen months ago when he granted Oscar Pistorius bail after the killing of his girlfriend, South African magistrate Desmond Nair noted a number of "improbabilities" in the Olympic and Paralympic star's account of the shooting. After 41 days of testimony and drama in the Pretoria High Court, Pistorius's freedom hangs...
  • Verdict in Oscar Pistorius trial scheduled for September 11 August 8, 2014

    The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius said Friday that she will give a verdict on September 11, bringing closer to an end a globally televised five-month trial that has transfixed South Africans and others around the globe. Judge Thokozile Masipa made the announcement after the prosecution and defense...
  • Oscar Pistorius shot using 'primal instincts', says defence August 8, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' "primal instincts" kicked in when he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was in a vulnerable and fearful state, his defence lawyer said at the athlete's murder trial on Friday. Double amputee Pistorius, 27, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport, is...
  • South African prosecutor asks judge to reject Pistorius' defence August 7, 2014

    South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the judge in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday to reject the Paralympic and Olympic track star's defence because it was "devoid of any truth". Pistorius, who had his lower legs amputated as a baby, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model...
  • Oscar Pistorius 'lonely and alienated': family July 16, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius' decision to go to a night club while still on trial for murder was 'unwise' but it was done because the 27-year-old is 'lonely and alienated', his family said on Wednesday. Pistorius was involved in an argument with businessman Jared Mortimer at...
  • South African athlete Pistorius in night club altercation July 15, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was involved in an argument at a night club over the weekend, local media reported on Tuesday, days after his lawyers wrapped up their defence in his murder trial. The Star newspaper said Pistorius had an altercation with businessman Jared Mortimer at...
  • Defence team closes case in Oscar Pistorius murder trial July 8, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius' defence team wrapped up its case in the murder trial of the Olympic and Paralympic athlete on Tuesday and the court adjourned for a month to allow the legal teams to prepare and submit their closing arguments. Pistorius, who had his lower-legs amputated as a baby, could face life...
  • Australian TV news airs Oscar Pistorius shooting 're-enactment' July 7, 2014

    Sydney: An Australian current affairs television programme aired footage on Sunday of a re-enactment by Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius of the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. With Pistorius' murder trial still underway in South Africa, the family lawyers of the accused athlete said the "visual mapping" re-enactment was...
  • Oscar Pistorius at increasing risk of suicide, says psychologist July 2, 2014

    South African Paralympic and Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has post traumatic stress disorder and is at an increasing risk of suicide, according to a psychiatric report read out at his murder trial on Wednesday. Pistorius, a double amputee athlete, could face life in prison if he is found guilty of murdering...
  • Oscar Pistorius had no mental disorder at time of shooting: Psychiatrists June 30, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star on trial for murder for shooting his girlfriend, was not suffering from a mental condition that would have impaired his ability to distinguish between right and wrong at the time she was killed, a psychiatric report said on Monday. Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic...
  • Pistorius's psychiatric evaluation begins May 26, 2014

    Pretoria: Murder-accused paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Monday arrived at a psychiatric hospital in South Africa's capital Pretoria to begin his psychiatric evaluation, media reported. Pistorius arrived at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, where he will be assessed for seven hours everyday for 30 days, Independent Online reported. Pistorius is on trial for...
  • South Africa court sends Pistorius for 30 days of mental tests May 20, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was ordered on Tuesday to undergo a month of psychiatric tests to find out whether he was criminally responsible when he shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. Judge Thokozile Masipa told Pistorius he must report to Pretoria's Weskoppies hospital,...
  • South African court orders Oscar Pistorius to undergo mental evaluation May 14, 2014

    A South African court on Wednesday ordered Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius to undergo evaluation for mental illness, further delaying a murder trial that has already stretched into its 32nd day. The state had asked for the evaluation after a psychiatrist told the court this week that Pistorius, who...
  • Pistorius has anxiety disorder, psychiatrist tells court May 12, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius has an anxiety disorder brought on by an unstable childhood and the "traumatic assault" of having his lower legs amputated as a baby, a psychologist told the court hearing the South African track star's murder trial on Monday. Pistorius was born with fibulas in his lower legs, leading to...
  • Oscar Pistorius accused of 'sinister' remark in court May 6, 2014

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius was accused of making a "sinister" remark to a friend of Reeva Steenkamp in the courtroom Tuesday during a break at his murder trial. Pistorius denied the allegation that he said to the close friend of the girlfriend he killed: "How can you sleep at night?" The accusation by...
  • Oscar Pistorius' next-door neighbours testify at the trial May 6, 2014

    Pretoria, South Africa: A married couple who lived next to the house where Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend testified Tuesday at the athlete's murder trial about the night of the killing, saying they both heard a man crying loudly in a high-pitched voice and calling three times for help. Michael...
  • Oscar Pistorius 'torn apart' after shooting, says neighbour May 5, 2014

    A neighbour and friend of Oscar Pistorius testified on Monday that the double-amputee athlete was "torn apart" and desperately trying to save Reeva Steenkamp minutes after fatally shooting her at his home last year. Johan Stander and his daughter were at Pistorius' house soon after the shooting in the early hours...
  • South African prosecutor ends Pistorius cross-examination April 15, 2014

    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 was...
  • Pistorius 'using emotions as an escape', says prosecutor April 15, 2014

    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 shot...
  • Prosecutor to Oscar Pistorius: Did Reeva scream when you shot her? April 12, 2014

    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 South...
  • I took Reeva's life: Oscar Pistorius tells South African court April 9, 2014

    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 Reeva...
  • Oscar Pistorius breaks down while recalling shooting April 9, 2014

    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 April 8, 2014

    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 "if...
  • 'I am scared to sleep', tearful Pistorius tells court April 8, 2014

    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 of...
  • News 360: Huge turnout on first poll phase in Assam, Tripura April 7, 2014

    An estimated 72 per cent of the 64.4 lakh voters exercised their franchise peacefully in five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam sealing the electoral fate of 51 contestants, including two union ministers in the first phase. ...
  • Emotional Oscar Pistorius takes stand in own defence at murder trial April 7, 2014

    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 gallery,...
  • Pistorius due to give evidence as murder trial resumes April 7, 2014

    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 in...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial delayed over legal aide illness March 29, 2014

    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 March 28, 2014

    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 for...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial: 'You are a very special person,' one of Steenkamp's messages read March 25, 2014

    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 read...