Advocates say little can be done when clients are determined to do themselves in. On the scale of accused gone bad, Oscar Pistorius barely registers.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has asked Oscar Pistorius why he never mentioned anything about the toilet door slamming in his bail application or plea.
If the accused intended to kill A rather than B but did kill B, murder could be a competent verdict.
An unusual defence and the evidence he volunteered will likely see Oscar Pistorius face five lines of questioning with varying degrees of discomfort.
A tearful Oscar Pistorius has taken the stand in his trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, and has apologised to her family for her death.
The court has heard Oscar Pistorius's phone history, which focused particularly on the night Reeva Steenkamp was killed.
The Oscar Pistorius trial has presented a conundrum for the country's best journalists, as they've been sucked into the hype, writes Verashni Pillay.
Testifying about a shot fired from his pistol after passing it to Oscar Pistorius at a restaurant, the athlete's friend has taken to the stand.
Oscar Pistorius's peer, a girlfriend killer too, has been arguing his innocence in the courtroom next door.
The treatment of Pistorius's neighbours as witnesses in his murder trial is typical of a system that leaves onlookers feeling like the accused.