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Oscar Pistorius' Murder Trial Due To Resume
The second week of Oscar Pistorius' murder trial is due to get under way this morning in Pretoria.
The double-amputee athlete's lawyers are expected to cross examine the chief security guard on duty the night Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Pieter Baba told the High Court on Friday afternoon that Pistorius told him all was fine when he called after receiving reports from other residents that they had heard gunshots.
"Mr Pistorius said to me 'security, everything is fine'," Mr Baba said.
"That's when I realised that Mr Pistorius was crying," he added.
Barry Roux, the attorney leading the defence team, told Mr Baba last week that he would come back to certain aspects of his evidence when the trial resumes.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has not revealed which of the 107 witnesses he will call next, but it is expected that the pathologist who performed the post-mortem examination on Ms Steenkamp might be called to testify sometime this week.
:: Sky News' live coverage of the trial will soon get under way, and a special highlights programme will be broadcast every weekday at 9.30pm.
Evidence heard during the first week of the trial was nothing short of riveting.
Pistorius' once-inspiring life story unravelled as witnesses testified about his history of anger, infidelity and recklessness with guns, and his suspicious behaviour on the night prosecutors allege the Paralympian murdered his girlfriend and tried to cover it up.
The trial - which is being shown on live television across the world - also shed more light on the events in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine's Day last year, when he shot dead Ms Steenkamp in a bathroom in his home.
Pistorius claims it was an accident, but prosecutors have charged him with premeditated murder for the killing of the 29-year-old model.
Three neighbours have testified to hearing a woman screaming and a man shouting before gunfire.
In court, Pistorius, 27, held his hands over his ears and hunched over as radiologist Johan Stipp recounted how he could not find any signs of life on Steenkamp's bloody body.
Pistorius, who became the first amputee to run at the Olympics, faces a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years in prison before parole if convicted of murder.
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