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Oscar Pistorius breaks down sobbing in court during murder trial

Oscar Pistorius breaks down sobbing in court while testifying about the moments before he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius broke down sobbing in court a number of times while speaking about the moments before shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The 27-year-old is accused of murdering the South African model, whom he shot dead through a bathroom door at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year.

During proceedings, Pistorius told the court that he yelled "get the fuck out of my house!" to whom he believed was an intruder as he walked towards the bathroom.

The athlete began sobbing in court after making the statement, which prompted the judge to adjourn proceedings in order to allow Pistorius to regain composure.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel continued his cross-examination, in which he accused the double amputee of "adapting" his version of events.

Pistorius denies murder by maintaining that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he fired the gunshots.


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Oscar Pistorius appearing at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013
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