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Oscar Pistorius apologizes to girlfriends family

An emotional day in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial - as he took the stand for the first time.

The para-olympic star known as "The Blade Runner" - cried at times - as he apologized to the victim's family.

Pistorius long sot:
I'd like to apologize
His voice quivering -
Oscar Pistorius taking the stand this morning- professing his remorse - to the family of his slain girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

I wake up every morning and you're the first people i think of, the first
People I pray for.
Her mother - expressionless...
Others in tears as he spoke:

I can't mention the sorry and the emptiness that I caused you and your family
Pistorius - on trial for shooting and killing Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his home in Pretoria, South Africa last February maintains - he thought she was an intruder -
I was simply trying to protect Reeva. I can promise that when she went to bed that night she felt loved.

The defense - is also focusing on the double amputee's disability- I was born with missing Fibula, laying out their claim - that Pistorius felt vulnerable- the night he killed Steenkamp

The defense wants to argue that a reasonable person in his position with his disabilities would have more fear than an ordinary person

Court - adjourning early for the day-
The defense claiming - Pistorius was too emotionally and physically exhausted to continue.
 
I'm sorry, I'm really keen to use up time but not to the expense of other emotions."

Oscar will be back on the stand when the trial resumes tomorrow morning, and is expected to be asked about the night of Steenkamp's death.