Oscar Pistorius trial – Tuesday 25 March – live

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David Smith's report on the trial today . Here's the top:

Prosecutors closed their case against Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday, but it remains uncertain when the athlete will give evidence in his own defence.

"That is the state's case," the lead prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court, having called 20 witnesses from an original list of 107 to support the state's argument that the Paralympic sprinter deliberately killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The defence then called an adjournment and declined to comment on whether Pistorius would be first to testify when the trial resumes on Friday. Asked by journalists whether he was prepared, a tired-looking Pistorius replied: "It's a tough time."

This liveblog is now closing up.

Summary

Here's a round-up of Tuesday's developments in the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

The state has finished its case. The judge granted an adjournment to allow Pistorius' lawyers to consult with witnesses, and the defence will begin its case on Friday morning, when the court returns. One of the defence team has said it is "likely" that Pistorius will be first to give evidence.

A prosecution witness, Colonel Gerhard Vermeulen, was recalled by the defence to answer questions about a "new" mark at the top of the toilet door that was broken down by Pistorius to reach the dying Steenkamp. against the cricket bat used by Pistorius to break the door; the defence argued that the height of the mark indicated that Pistorius had put on his prosthetic legs after the shooting, which the accused maintains and the prosecution disputes.

The prosecution has detailed calls made to and from Oscar Pistorius' phones on the night of Reeva Steenkamp's death, which showed that after alerting security guards and the ambulance service . An expert witness agreed that a .

Mobile phone evidence showed that Pistorius made the first call to estate security guards and was then called back by them, that he had rung the athlete first.

told the court the police computer system had no record of Pistorius ever reporting a crime or being the victim of one. Pistorius had been "a victim of crime on many occasions" and pointed out that police responding to calls about the shooting of Steenkamp had come from a nearby house robbery, as both sides tried to paint a picture of Pistorius' fear (or otherwise) of being attacked in his home.

The defence has sought to show that the relationship between Pistorius and Steenkamp was a loving one, following that Steenkamp has said she was "scared" of her boyfriend. were read to the court, and showed them kissing as they shopped for groceries. that any arguments were swiftly resolved, adding that of over 1,700 messages, the between the couple.

Oscar Pistorius reacts in the dock during evidence on mobile phone text messages between him and Reeva Steenkamp.
Oscar Pistorius reacts in the dock during evidence on mobile phone text messages between him and Reeva Steenkamp. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/AP

Steenkamp had offered to cook dinner for Pistorius on Valentine's day – she was killed in the early hours of that morning.

There was evidence that Pistorius had been having trouble with an injured shoulder;

Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. The court will resume on Friday, when Pistorius could give evidence in his defence.
Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. The court will resume on Friday, when Pistorius could give evidence in his defence. Photograph: Themba Hadebe/AP

We have a bit more information on why the defence team has requested time to prepare before opening its case. The state list of potential witnesses numbered 107, of which only around 20 were actually called to give evidence in the trial.

The defence now needs time to consult with those witnesses who were on the list but not called, to see if they have testimony that could help Pistorius' case.

One "unused" witness who seems likely to be called would be Hilton Botha, the initial investigating officer in the Steenkamp case. He was the first police officer to arrive at Pistorius' home but has been accused by the defence of contaminating the scene.

, following revelations that he was himself facing seven charges of attempted murder.

South African detective Hilton Botha pictured at a bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius on 21 February 2013.
South African detective Hilton Botha pictured at a bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius on 21 February 2013. Photograph: TJ Lemon/EPA

Updated

Journalists in court in Pretoria are reporting that one of Pistorius' legal team, Brian Webber, when asked whether the athlete would be testifying, said: "We have no choice … it's a question of when." He added it was "likely" that Pistorius would be first to give evidence for the defence.

Oscar Pistorius has just left the court.

It is not yet clear whether Pistorius will be the first to give evidence in his defence – in South African trials it is convention for the accused to do so.

David Smith (@SmithInAfrica)

Spoke to who said: "It's a tough time. We've got a lot of stuff ahead of us."

Trial is adjourned until Friday

The defence is asking for more time to prepare its case. Roux asks to have until Friday morning to consult with witnesses not called by the state, with whom he could not communicate until now. Nel does not object.

The judge allows the request to adjourn until Friday morning.

The prosecution case is finished

"This is the state's case," says Nel.

That is it for the prosecution case.

Updated

It's the prosecution's turn to question the witness now. Gerrie Nel points out that this new top mark on the door did not break it, unlike those lower down, so could have been a weaker hit. Vermeulen has said that the mark could possibly have been made by Pistorius on his stumps if he were standing very close to the door.

Vermeulen was asked to test the sound of cricket bat versus sound of gunshots. He says he has not had time.

The witness says he was not asked to investigate a shoe mark on the door (the defence says this mark also corroborates the claim by Pistorius that he had put on his prosthetic legs before breaking the door down).

Updated

Roux: "I put it to you that there are experts that will say that those marks were made by the cricket bat." He says he will call evidence to show the bat also made the third, higher mark.

martinbrunt (@skymartinbrunt)

Roux says witness did not match bat to high mark because it did not fit Pros case that OP was on stumps. Def says on false legs.

David Smith (@SmithInAfrica)

Roux accuses Vermeulen of leaving some photos out of the album.

Updated

The evidence about the "new" mark at the top of the door, and the rather hesitant replies from the witness, is making this part of the trial quite difficult to follow. It appears to relate to the question of whether Pistorius was wearing his prosthetic legs when he batted his way through the toilet door.

Pistorius has previously claimed that he was on his stumps when he shot through the door, before returning to the bedroom to put on his prosthetic legs and then breaking down the door with the cricket bat.

Vermeulen concedes that he did not try to match the cricket bat with this apparent new mark.

Alex Crawford (@AlexCrawfordSky)

Roux is questioning, aggressively, if police didnt match door marks because it didnt relate to their version of events

Vermeulen apparently returned to court last week to examine a new mark on the door. Vermeulen is surprised that Roux knows about this. Roux asks why there are no pictures of Vermeulen testing this "new" mark on the door.

Vermeulen says he looked at the other marks but could not relate them to the cricket bat that was used to break down the door.

andrew harding (@BBCAndrewH)

Roux seeking to show witness was sloppy. Failed to test all marks on door with cricket bat. Witness says not necessary.

Alex Crawford (@AlexCrawfordSky)

Roux is asking Vermeulen abt him coming back to see door on morning of March 18, to see top mark on door

Court has resumed

It's confirmed that Barry Roux, for the defence, has requested that Colonel Gerhard Vermeulen be recalled. You can see Vermeulen's earlier video evidence from his 12 March court appearance here:

A forensic expert, Johannes Gerhard Vermeulen, says Oscar Pistorius was not wearing prosthetic legs when he beat down his bathroom door with a cricket bat after shooting Reeva Steenkamp through the door.

The court is about to resume for the afternoon hearing

It appears the court is to recall Colonel Gerhard Vermeulen, a forensic investigator who previously gave evidence about the cricket bat used by Pistorius to break down the toilet door following the shooting of Steenkamp.

Journalists in court are reporting that they expect Vermeulen to be the last witness before the prosecution rests its case.

Forensic investigator Gerhard Vermeulen, with a cricket bat in hand, demonstrates on a mock-up toilet cubicle how the door could have been broken down, during the trial of Oscar Pistorius on March 12, 2014.
Forensic investigator Gerhard Vermeulen, with a cricket bat in hand, demonstrates on a mock-up toilet cubicle how the door could have been broken down, during the trial of Oscar Pistorius on March 12, 2014. Photograph: Werner Beukes/AP

Lunchtime summary

The court has taken a break for lunch. Here's what has happened in court so far today:

The prosecution has detailed calls made to and from Oscar Pistorius' phones on the night of Reeva Steenkamp's death, which showed that after alerting security guards and the ambulance service . An expert witness agreed that a .

Mobile phone evidence showed that Pistorius made the first call to estate security guards and was then called back by them, that he had rung the athlete first.

told the court the police computer system had no record of Pistorius ever reporting a crime or being the victim of one. Pistorius had been "a victim of crime on many occasions" and pointed out that police responding to calls about the shooting of Steenkamp had come from a nearby house robbery, as both sides tried to paint a picture of Pistorius' fear (or otherwise) of being attacked in his home.

The defence has sought to show that the relationship between Pistorius and Steenkamp was a loving one, following that Steenkamp has said she was "scared" of her boyfriend. were read to the court, and showed them kissing as they shopped for groceries. that any arguments were swiftly resolved, adding that of over 1,700 messages, the between the couple.

Steenkamp had offered to cook dinner for Pistorius on Valentine's day – she was killed in the early hours of that morning.

There was evidence that Pistorius had been having trouble with an injured shoulder;

Court breaks for lunch. There will be further prosecution evidence after the break.

Roux: Pistorius was "a victim of crime on many occasions"

Roux is questioning the police officer now. He asks if Maritz relied solely on the police computer records for his evidence. He says he did.

Roux: We know that there was a house break-in in 2010?

Maritz: I was not aware of that.

Roux points out that police were coming from another house robbery the night Steenkamp was killed. Maritz confirms that is correct.

Alex Crawford (@AlexCrawfordSky)

Roux says 'Mr Pistorius was a victim of crime on many occasions'. Warrant Officer Maritz: 'It is possible m'lady'

Maritz, under further questioning from Nel, says if Pistorius had been a victim of crime, his name should have been on the police system, "unless his name was spelt wrong or a mistake was made".

Maritz has finished his evidence now.

Updated

andrew harding (@BBCAndrewH)

New map of Silver Woods Estate appears to show 8 crimes reported between Jan 2011 and April 2013. Robberies and thefts.

There was only one (alleged) murder on the estate in that period – Reeva Steenkamp's.

Updated

The court is being shown a picture on the screen with an aerial photo of the Silverlakes area, where Pistorius lived, showing crime hotspots. Red dots indicate where the most crimes are committed, Maritz says.

Nel: Yellow spots?

Maritz: That is the houses that have had problems in the last three years up to 2013.

Nel: Blue?

Maritz: Armed robberies.

Nel: Dark blue?

Maritz: This is the murder that was reported.

Nel: The one we are dealing with?

Maritz: That is correct.

David Smith (@SmithInAfrica)

Nel recalls bail application when it was heard the was arrested outside his house after an altercation. Maritz: It was recorded.

Nel asks Maritz if Pistorius had ever reported a crime or been the victim of a crime: "Did you establish that he was?"

Maritz says he couldn't find anything of that sort on the system.

Court resumes with a new prosecution witness

The next witness is police warrant officer Adriaan Maritz, based at Boschkop police station in the crime information office. He is giving evidence via an interpreter.