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The first witness at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial told the court Monday she heard "bloodcurdling screams" from a woman followed by shots, a dramatic opening to a case that could see one of global sport's most admired role models jailed for life.Prosecutors are seeking to prove that Pistorius fired four rounds from a 9 mm pistol through the door of the bathroom in a deliberate attempt to kill whoever was inside.If the state succeeds in convincing Masipa of intent to kill, Pistorius could get life, in all likelihood a minimum of 25 years behind bars.The trial before Masipa – juries were abolished by the apartheid government in the 1960s – is set to last a minimum of three weeks but with as many as 107 witnesses waiting to be called by either side, it is almost certain to last far longer.The trial is also being broadcast live, a first for South Africa, where, two decades after the end of apartheid, the justice system is often accused of favoring the rich and wealthy, who can afford the best lawyers and forensic experts.
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