Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

12 May 2014

South Africa: Pistorius Trial - Week Eight, Day One

Photo: Werner Beukes/Sapa
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius in court (file photo).

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The end is in sight. As we commence week 8 of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, it's expected that the defence will wrap up their case after just a few more witnesses. Barry Roux said last week that he might be able to rest his case as soon as Tuesday (tomorrow). For now, ballistics expert Wollie Wolmarans is still getting the Nel treatment.

09.00 Day 30 of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, though it seems longer than that. We have reason to believe that we're into the final stages of the defence's presentation of their case. Have they got any final aces up their sleeves?

Wollie Wolmarans will be back on the stand today. After that, the speculation is that the defence team will call a psychologist to ttestify as to Pistorius's feelings of vulnerability while on his stumps. It will be interesting to see what other witnesses, if any, the defence may finally call to strengthen their case. The feeling from some commentators is that, for all the reported resources of the defence team, their expert witnesses in particular have not brought as much to the stand as might have been expected.

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