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Pistorius verdict due next month

By AP Reporter

The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius will deliver her verdict on September 11.

Judge Thokozile Masipa confirmed the date after the prosecution and defence teams yesterday ended their final arguments in the murder case against the double-amputee, who shot dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year.

Pistorius said he mistakenly shot Ms Steenkamp, thinking there was an intruder in his home. The prosecution alleges the Olympic runner intentionally killed her after an argument.

"The accused intended to kill a human being," chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said. Barry Roux, the chief defence lawyer, said the athlete's long-held fear of being attacked played a central role in an accidental killing.

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