Pistorius arrives in court

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Oscar Pistorius has arrived at court to hear if he will spend years in prison for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The world-renowned athlete made his way into a courtroom at Pretoria High Court flanked by bodyguards and surrounded by the world’s media.
He hugged his brother Carl, seated in a wheelchair, who was involved in a recent car crash, 
Ms Steenkamp’s parents – June and Barry Steenkamp – arrived earlier this morning to take their seats in the packed public gallery, as did prosecutor Gerrie Nel.
Pistorius faces one count of murder, two of illegally discharging a firearm – which is unrelated to the death of Ms Steenkamp – and one of illegally possessing ammunition.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The prosecution has suggested he is a jealous, rich man who stormed down his bedroom corridor after his frightened girlfriend and deliberately shot her through the toilet door.
It is pushing for a verdict of premeditated murder which could carry a sentence of 25 years in prison.
The double-amputee sprinter has insisted he was terrified and felt excessively vulnerable due to his disability and fired his gun because he believed there was an intruder in his home and that he and Ms Steenkamp were in danger.
South Africa has no jury system so Judge Thokozile Masipa will decide on the verdicts herself with the help of two assessors.
Proceedings kicked off on Thursday with the judge beginning to go through case history before the testimonies of each of the 37 witnesses who gave evidence at the six-month-long murder trial.
Some 21 witnesses testified for the prosecution and 16 for the defence.
Then she will examine the main legal points made by both the state and the defence lawyers before she outlines her conclusions.

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