Family members of Oscar Pistorius, including uncle Arnold Pistorius, right, cry as they listen to Oscar Pistorius testifying in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Ludbrook, Pool)
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Sobbing uncontrollably, Oscar Pistorius gave a harrowing account Tuesday of the moment he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, before breaking down in court, forcing the judge to adjourn his murder trial.Overwrought, the star athlete described how in the dead of night on Valentine's Day 2013 he heard a noise and rushed to his bathroom with his gun, believing there was an intruder in his home.Pistorius is on trial facing a life sentence for deliberating murdering Steenkamp, a charge he denies.Earlier, Pistorius had explained how the couple had gone to bed around 10pm after quiet evening, but Pistorius woke up in the dead of night to bring in two fans he had left outside to cool his bedroom.Cape Town-based criminal advocate William Booth, who is not participating in the trial, said much will depend on how Pistorius holds up in that second phase.In the five weeks since the trial began, Pistorius has appeared fragile and sometimes annoyed, frequently crying in court.
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