Johannesburg, July 7 (): Oscar Pistorius’s legal team on Monday signalled that it could settle the case in few days’ time, thus ending a long testimony in the biggest celebrity murder case of South Africa.
Barry Roux, lawyer of the athlete said before he finishes the case he wants to discuss with his group. The court was deferred till Tuesday morning.
The defence has called eyewitnesses to argue that Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp his girlfriend by accident last year on Valentine’s Day. His lawyers claim that he shot his gun from a closed bathroom door as he thought a burglar was inside the bathroom, instead of his 29-year-girlfriend.
Once the eyewitness testimony is finished, both sides would present final opinions and then the court will suspend while Judge Thokozile Masipa evaluates her verdict. If found guilty of murder by the judge Oscar Pistorius would face life imprisonment. The country has no death penalty.
The court restarted on Monday with argument over a video that was leaked to television channel of Australia that shows Pistorius restructuring the happenings of last year’s Valentine’s Day. The video was prepared by a U.S. based company, The Evidence Room that is a specialist in forensic animation, for the defence team of Pistorius.
The lawyers of the athlete said the video was acquired illegally and was set for trial training and not intended to be publicly aired. The footage revealed Pistorius on his stubs and later carrying his sister to show how the events unfolded last year when he shot and killed Ms. Steenkamp.
Last week, the court was informed that the para Olympian Pistorius did not suffer from a mental disorder that affected his behavior when he made four gunshots from a locked door of a bathroom in his community home.
A team of psychologists and psychiatrists gave out the report after a month-long evaluation at Pretoria’s state-run hospital.
The testimony of last week focused on in what way Pistorius approached life after a childhood amputation in which both his legs were removed from the knee down.