The trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend has resumed in a South African court for closing arguments.
He has been accused by the prosecution of being a “deceitful witness” who told the court a “snowball of lies”, at the start of closing arguments in his trial for murder.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel began his concluding remarks on Thursday, with the defence due to follow on Friday.
At the court in Pretoria, Mr Nel began his closing argument by accusing the athlete’s lawyers of presenting two lines of defence that “can never be reconciled.
Mr Pistorius said he had fired both involuntarily and also out of fear, Mr Nel argued, insisting the court had to choose only one of his defences.
He said the court “should have no difficulty in rejecting” the athlete’s version of events because it was “devoid of any truth”.
Mr Pistorius told so many lies in such a short space of time, Mr Nel said, that they had a “snowball effect” and forced him to tell more.
He also attacked Mr Pistorius for presenting himself as “a victim of circumstance.”
According to the BBC’s Karen Allen in Pretoria, Mr Nel is seeking to build a picture of a man who knew the consequences of his actions.
The defence team has sought to portray Mr Pistorius as vulnerable due to his disability and anxiety because of his difficult childhood in a country with a high crime rate.
Mr Nel however, contented that the athlete had anxiety “on call”, suggesting that he had manufactured a fear of crime to help his defence.
Last month, a psychiatric report said Mr Pistorius had post-traumatic stress disorder but no mental illness that could prevent him being held criminally responsible for his actions.
The Judge is expected to adjourn the trial after hearing the arguments to consider her ruling, a process that could take in between a week to a month.