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NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Lois and Arnold Pistorius, aunt and uncle of Oscar, cry as he testifies during his ongoing murder trial Picture: AFP Pistorius anguish halts murder trial SOUTH AFRICA: The Oscar Pistorius murder trial was adjourned early when the accused became inconsolable after telling how he had shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentines Day last year. On the second day of his testimony, the double-amputee Olympian told the court he had returned to his bedroom after firing four shots through a locked toilet door at what he thought was an intruder. It was only when he realised she was not in the bed, or hiding in the room, that it dawned on Pistorius that it could have been Steenkamp behind the door. Screaming for help, like I have never screamed before he smashed the door open with a cricket bat and found his girlfriend dead on the floor. I sat over Reeva and I cried, he said through tears. I dont know how long I was there for. As Pistorius broke down sobs could be heard throughout the courtroom as members of the Steenkamp and Pistorius families wept. Judge Thokozile Masipa called an adjournment as it became obvious Pistorius could not continue. As the judge left the room Pistorius let out a wretched wail of desolation as one reporter described it, a primitive howl. Judge Masipa returned soon after to say proceedings had ended for the day. Earlier, defence advocate Barry Roux had led Pistorius through events leading up to Miss Steenkamps death, including asking him to remove his prosthetic legs and stand in front of the toilet door which has been mounted on a frame in the courtroom. While Mr Roux told Judge Masipa the demonstration was necessary for evidence that would be covered later in the trial it was obviously intended to graphically reinforce Pistorius claims of feeling vulnerable as he made his way around his darkened home without his prosthesis. Pistorius told how he made his way into the bathroom and leaned against the wall to keep his balance, not knowing if intruders were waiting, if someone standing on a ladder outside the open window would fire on him, or whether a gunman was about to burst out from behind the door. It was as he recounted finding his girlfriend lying dead on the floor, and sitting with her body, that Pistorius became incoherent with emotion. Steenkamps mother, June, attended Tuesdays hearing along with Steenkamps friend, Gina Myers, who was wearing tags that bore a black-andwhite print of the model. SOUTH AFRICA: British businessman Shrien Dewani has been charged with ordering his wife Annis murder during their 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town and remanded in a psychiatric hospital. After losing a three-year extradition fight, Mr Dewani, 34, arrived in South Africa on Tuesday and was promptly whisked to a Cape Town court. He sat expressionless as Judge John Hlophe ruled he would be remanded in custody at a nearby mental institution. Mr Dewani was formally charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice by the countrys elite crime-fighting unit, the Hawks. He allegedly ordered local men to carry out a hit on his wife and make it look like a fatal carjacking incident, the Hawks said in a statement. UK: A British man sentenced to life in jail without parole for butchering a soldier in a London street has appealed against his conviction. Michael Adebolajo, 29, a self-declared soldier of Allah, is serving a whole life term for murdering Lee Rigby in broad daylight outside his barracks in May 2013. He and Michael Adebowale, 22, were found guilty in December, of crashing into the soldier with a car before attacking him with knives in Woolwich, southeast London. In sentencing, judge Nigel Sweeney ruled Adebolajo was the plot leader and had no real prospect of rehabilitation. He ordered him to join a select group of 53 people serving whole life terms in England and Wales. Sex predator met girl online UK: A businessman who had sex with a 13-year-old girl after meeting her in a Harry Potter chat room has been jailed for 17 years. Nicholas Cheese, 27, from Oxford, England, spent three nights with the girl at a motel in Maine filming parts of their sexual encounter. He met her en route to a business conference in Texas after he befriended her when she was just 12 in an online chat room for fans of the Harry Potter books. The judge told Cheese, who works in the dry-cleaning industry, he had subjected the girl to a range of sexual experiences many adults would refuse to explore. I sat over Reeva and I cried Man in court over honeymoon hit Soldiers killer appeals life term
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