Oscar Trial: Reeva's death 'haunts' Pistorius

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Aimee Pistorius (C), sister of Oscar Pistorius, cries as South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius takes the stand during his trial at the North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, South Africa, 07 April 2014.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius on Monday took the stand for the first time in his murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court.

Visibly upset and highly emotional, a tearful Pistorius began by apologising to Reeva Steenkamp&39;s family.

"I&39;d like to apologise and say that there&39;s not a moment, there hasn’t been a moment since this tragedy happened that I haven’t thought about your family... but no words would ever suffice," he said.

Pistorius told the court that he&39;s been battling to sleep since the shooting, and when he has fallen asleep, he&39;s woken up terrified, adding that he&39;s been since living on anti-depressants and sleeping pills.

He also recalled an occasion after Steenkamp&39;s death when he woke up terrified in the middle of the night, and hid in a cupboard.

Defence lawyer Advocate Barry Roux asked for an early adjournment after Pistorius indicated that he was exhausted. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel agreed “as long as this doesn’t become a daily occurrence”.

The case will continue at 9.30am on Tuesday.