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Monday, Apr 14, 2014

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Pistorius to start second week in witness box

Monday, Apr 14, 2014

PRETORIA - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius returns to the stand Monday for a fourth day of cross-examination after the prosecution lawyer accused him of knowingly shooting dead his girlfriend.

The day will mark the start of the 27-year-old's second week in the witness stand in his defence against murder charges for Reeva Steenkamp's death on Valentines' Day last year.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel's relentless questioning has drawn tears and angry replies from the world-famous double amputee sprinter, who insists he shot Steenkamp four times by accident through a locked bathroom door.

Jumping in a seemingly haphazard way from one event or piece of evidence to another, Nel finished his interrogation Friday with the dramatic accusation that Pistorius knew exactly what he was doing when he fired the lethal shots.

"You knew Reeva was behind the door and you shot at her!" he said, with athlete replying softly "It's not true, milady." The prosecutor rubbished Pistorius's claim that he rushed to his bathroom in the dead of night after hearing a noise, then fired at the locked cubicle door thinking an intruder was coming out to attack him.

"Instinct would have made sure Reeva was safe. That was never your instinct: to make sure she was safe," Nel replied when Pistorius said he rushed towards danger "out of instinct".

He openly called the athlete's version "a lie".

Pistorius was evasive during the tough questioning, with memory lapses in key parts concerning incriminating details.

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