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Pistorius trial adjourned

The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has been adjourned after day 24 in Pretoria with the court hearing from a defence witness and forensic expert.

Pistorius buried his head in his lap as a graphic account of how bullets he fired fatally injured his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The athlete lowered his head and clasped his hands around his ears as forensic expert Roger Dixon provided details of the injuries caused to Steenkamp's body by the bullets he fired.

A recording of gunshots was played and the court heard the difference in noises made between a cricket bat hitting a door and a gunshot being fired, with the defence claiming witnesses mistook the noises.

Pistorius heard Dixon agree with his version of events that Steenkamp was shot four times in quick succession.

Ms Steenkamp's mother June, her agent and friends of the model were all in court to hear the graphic evidence on Wednesday.

Earlier, judge Thokozile Masipa had ruled that proceedings will be adjourned for more than two weeks from April 17 to May 5.

The Judge said the case had gone on far longer than anyone had expected and granted a delay because of Easter and lawyers who must work on other important cases.

Pistorius admits shooting his girlfriend - but says he believed she was an intruder. He denies premeditated murder and illegally possessing ammunition and also denies two further counts related to shooting a gun in public on separate occasions prior to the killing.