Oscar Trial 3.3.2014 01:33 pm

State’s case circumstantial – Nel

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel reads out the charges during the appearance of double amputee and Paralympain Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, 3 March 2014. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges; murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. Photo by Herman Verwey - POOL

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel reads out the charges during the appearance of double amputee and Paralympain Oscar Pistorius in the North Gauteng High court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, 3 March 2014. Pistorius is accused of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, 2013. He faces two charges; murder and contravention of the Firearms Control Act. Photo by Herman Verwey - POOL

The State’s case is based on circumstantial evidence, prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the High Court in Pretoria.

“There were only two people in the house, there were no eye witnesses,” he told the court on Monday.

“The State’s case is based on circumstantial evidence… and on what the neighbours heard…and lead ballistic and forensic evidence.’

He said the State would prove that Pistorius killed Steenkamp with direct intent.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder, and contraventions under the Firearms Control Act including possession of ammunition without a licence.

The 27-year-old is accused of murdering Steenkamp at his Pretoria home last year.

Sapa

 

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