Oscar Pistorius looks on during his trial at the high court in Pretoria April 7, 2014. REUTERS/Themba Hadebe/Pool
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A tearful Oscar Pistorius apologised Monday to Reeva Steenkamp's family, telling the court he had "terrible nightmares" since killing his girlfriend and often woke up smelling blood.Sobbing and with his jaw trembling as he took the witness stand in his defence, Pistorius said he did not intend to kill his 29-year-old lover.Pistorius told the court that on one occasion after waking in the middle of the night he crawled into a cupboard because he was so scared.The court was forced to adjourn for the day ahead of schedule after defence lawyer Barry Roux said his witness was exhausted by a lack of sleep and the day's ordeal.After five weeks of prosecution testimony, Monday was the first day of Pistorius's defence.Cape Town-based criminal advocate William Booth said much will depend on how Pistorius stands up to cross-examination -- which could come as soon as Tuesday.In the five weeks since the trial began, Pistorius has appeared fragile and sometimes annoyed, frequently crying in court.
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