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  • 7 August 2014, 6:37

Final Arguments Due As Pistorius Trial Resumes

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial resumes today, with the prosecution and defence delivering their all-important closing statements.

State prosecutor Gerrie Nel will be first to say why he believes Pistorius is guilty of shooting dead his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, after an argument.

Defence lawyer Barry Roux will then present Pistorius' version of events. He claims the killing on Valentine's Day last year was a terrible accident as the paranoid athlete mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder.

Pistorius, 27, faces a minimum of 25 years behind bars if found guilty of premeditated murder.

He could also be convicted on lesser charges, such as culpable homicide or murder without premeditation.

The trial in Pretoria was put on hold last month after hearing from 37 witnesses.

Judge Thokozile Masipa will decide Pistorius' fate with help from two legal assistants. There is no trial by jury in South Africa.

This week's hearing will last two days before she adjourns the case to consider the verdict.

The Paralympic athlete has repeatedly vomited and cried during the five-month long trial, with Ms Steenkamp's mother watching him impassively from the public gallery.

:: Pistorius Trial: Special programme on Sky News at 9.30pm