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Oscar Pistorius trial: Week two round-up

  • 15 March 2014
  • From the section Africa
An image taken from the court pool TV via AP showing on screen a police photograph of Oscar Pistorius standing on his blood-stained prosthetic legs and wearing shorts covered in blood, taken shortly after the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend, which was shown to the court in Pretoria, at his murder trial Friday, March 14, 2014.
The court has seen a police photo of Oscar Pistorius with his shorts covered in blood

The trial of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has completed its second week.

That is two-thirds of the time originally allotted to hear the case, but with a long list of witnesses yet to appear and a defence lawyer aggressively challenging the prosecution case every step of the way, it is thought it will be extended.

Here is how our reporters covered the week's big moments, via tweets and video reports.

Day six - Monday 10 March

Pumza Fihlani tweet
After much deliberation the judge banned live broadcast of the post-mortem examination testimony
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Andrew Harding tweet
Pathologist Gert Saayman said Reeva Steenkamp was shot three times, in the head, hip and arm
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Day seven - Tuesday 11 March

Andrew Harding tweet
The defence team questioned a pathologist's finding that his girlfriend had eaten less than two hours before he killed her
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Pumza Fihlani tweet
Mr Fresco said that he had been with him on two occasions when a gun had been fired in public
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Day eight - Wednesday 12 March

The defence has challenged the prosecution case every step of the way
The defence has challenged the prosecution case every step of the way
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Day nine - Thursday 13 March

The day's evidence focussed heavily on the bloody debris of Ms Steenkamp's violent death
The day's evidence focussed heavily on the bloody debris of Ms Steenkamp's violent death
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Oscar Pistorius threw up when shown pictures of his dead girlfriend's body
It was a day of difficult evidence for everyone in the court
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Day ten - Friday 14 March

The defence want to paint the police investigation as sloppy. On Friday, that was not as hard as it might be
The defence want to paint the police investigation as sloppy. On Friday, that was not as hard as it might be
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Kate Forbes tweets about the missing watches
It does not look good when police mislay - or steal - crime scene evidence either
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