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  • 8 July 2014, 11:53

Pistorius Trial Adjourned As Defence Closes Case

Oscar Pistorius' defence has wrapped up its case, with the trial due to resume with closing arguments on August 7.

The court heard that the prosecution will file its "heads of argument" on July 30.

The defence will file on August 4.

The statements will then be presented in court on August 7 and 8.

The media was ordered not to publish the contents of the "heads of argument" until they are heard in court.

Formally closing his case, defence lawyer Barry Roux told the judge his team had been unable to call a number of witnesses as they were put off by the fact the case was being televised internationally.

The defence had argued against the decision to broadcast the trial before proceedings got under way.

The last defence witness, a doctor for the South African Paralympic team, completed his testimony on Monday.

Professor Wayne Derman was quizzed over Pistorius' ability to move around on his stumps.

The prosecution attempted to show Prof Derman had overstated the athlete's lack of mobility without prostheses.

The defence argues that Pistorius' limited mobility and mental vulnerability led him to shoot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp out of fear that she was an intruder.

Not explicitly mentioned in court was the controversy over an Australian TV broadcaster's decision to air a video showing Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the night of the shooting.

The material was filmed to help the Paralympian's defence team build their case.

It shows Pistorius, wearing a vest and shorts, running without his prosthetic legs with his fist clenched as if holding a gun.

Pistorius shot and killed Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year.

The state has alleged that he killed her in a fit of rage after a row.

But the athlete denies premeditated murder, saying he fired the shots after mistaking her for an intruder.

He faces between 25 years and life in prison if found guilty.

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