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Distraught Pistorius reacts to graphic photo of dead girlfriend

Published:Wednesday | April 9, 2014 | 2:01 PM

South African double amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius became distraught as he was shown a graphic photo of his dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by the prosecution at his murder trial.

The chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel presented the photo to Pistorius at the start of the first day of cross-examination today.

The South African athlete, who denies murdering Steenkamp, insisted he had made a "mistake".

He says he accidentally killed her after mistaking her for an intruder.

Prosecutors say Pistorius intentionally killed Steenkamp on February 14 of last year by firing a gun through a bathroom door at her after a row at his Pretoria home.

The 27-year-old Olympic and Paralympic sprinter faces life imprisonment if convicted of murdering the 29-year-old model, reality TV celebrity and law graduate.

There are no juries at trials in South Africa, and his fate will ultimately be decided by the judge, assisted by two assessors.


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