Oscar Pistorius slumps in dock after giving evidence

Oscar Pistorius broke down in court today after giving evidence in his murder trial.

In dramatic scenes in Pretoria, the day ended early with Pistorius sitting on the floor of the dock with his psychologist wiping away tears and stroking his face.

The athlete’s family formed a protective shield around him as he composed himself before eventually leaving the building.

Moments earlier, the court hearing had been adjourned for the day after Judge Thokozile Masipa agreed that Pistorius was “exhausted”, having not slept.

This morning, Pistorius cried as he turned towards Reeva’s mother June and apologised for all the hurt he had caused her.

His voice cracking, he said: “I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to Reeva’s family, to those of you who knew her who are here today, to her friends.

“There hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family.”

The trial continues.