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Pistorius in court for day four of trial

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Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has arrived in court in Pretoria for the fourth day of his murder trial, reports SkyNews.

On Wednesday, the court heard from neighbour Charl Peter Johnson who claims he heard screaming on the night Pistorious shot dead girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He will continue giving evidence today. On top of the premeditated murder allegation, Pistorius faces a charge of illegally possessing ammunition and two further counts related to shooting a gun in public in two separate incidents before the killing. He denies all the charges against him and maintains he shot Ms Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder. The athlete could face 25 years in jail if he is found guilty by Judge Thokozile Masipa. South Africa does not have trials by jury.

On Wednesday, another witness said the athlete was responsible for a weapon being fired at a restaurant last year. Boxer Kevin Lerena told the court Mr Pistorius had asked the owner of the gun to take the blame after the incident in January 2013. Mr Pistorius also faces charges of illegally possessing ammunition, which he denies, reports BBC.

There are no juries at trials in South Africa, and his fate will ultimately be decided by Judge Thokozile Masipa.

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