Friday, September 12, 2014

Not guilty of first degree

Oscar Pistorius Guilty Of Culpable Homicide

Oscar Pistorius
By Claire Phipps, Sept. 12, 2014,

Morning summary

Welcome to live coverage as the high court in Pretoria is set to reconvene to hear Judge Thokozile Masipa continue her ruling on the death of Reeva Steenkamp.

The judge did not give her formal verdict on Thursday. But she has ruled out the possibility that Oscar Pistorius will be found guilty of the murder of his girlfriend on 14 February last year. This morning she will move on to consider whether the athlete is guilty of culpable homicide (manslaughter) for shooting Steenkamp four times through a locked toilet door. Pistorius has maintained he thought it was an intruder and did not mean to kill.

In the judgment she has delivered so far, Masipa has said:

  • Pistorius acted “too hastily and used excessive force … It is clear his conduct was negligent.”
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