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Oscar Pistorius trial: Day 27 review

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Three neighbours of Oscar Pistorius have claimed they heard a man crying loudly the night of Reeva Steenkamp's death.

They also contradicted a testimony from another neighbour, Michelle Burger, by saying they did not hear a woman screaming, only one from a man.

The witnesses were called to the stand by the defence team, who are trying to prove that the Paralympic gold medal winner killed his girlfriend by mistake.

Mr Pistorius claims he shot through the toilet door on February 14 2013 believing an intruder had barricaded themselves inside it.

Next-door neighbour Michael Nhlengethwa says he went to the house the night of the shooting after hearing a man "crying very loudly".

"I saw Oscar kneeling next to the lady, he was just crying," the witness said.

His wife, Eontle, backed up her husband's claims, saying she heard a man repeatedly screaming the world "help".

The third witness, Rika Motshuane, described the scream as from a man and as a "cry of pain".

All witnesses deny hearing a lady scream that night, backing up the defences claim that Ms Burger in fact heard Mr Pistorius crying.

The double amputee kept his head in his hands for the duration of the testimonies. Defence lawyer Barry Roux said he expects to wrap up his defence case in a week to which the judge replied "I hope so".

Court is now adjourned until Thursday as elections take place in South Africa tomorrow.

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