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Verdict Imminent in Oscar Pistorius Trial

September 11, 2014

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Oscar Pistorius will soon find out whether he’s been found guilty of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year.

Judge Thokozile Masipa is set to deliver her verdict at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, after a 41-day trial that started March 3.

While the prosecution argues that Pistorius deliberately fired four hollow-point bullets at Steenkamp in a bathroom at his home after an argument, the defense says he mistook her for an intruder, and her death was a “huge, unfortunate mistake.”

Masipa can either acquit Pistorius or hand down one of three guilty verdicts: premeditated murder, murder in the second degree or culpable homicide, which is the negligent unlawful killing of a person.

More to come…

 

 

 

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Walrus permalink
    September 11, 2014 1:38 pm

    I heard it could take 2 days for her to complete her address

  2. September 11, 2014 7:14 pm
  3. Tom R permalink
    September 12, 2014 7:57 am

    Wow, he got off

    After seeing the masses of evidence against him that was presented for us, repeatedly, over and over, in explicit detail, on our nightly “horror movie”‘s , I didn’t think he’d have a leg to stand on! 🙂

  4. Tom R permalink
    September 12, 2014 7:59 am

    Mind you, I reckon he’d have a spring in his step this morning

    (both the above stolen from their original source)

  5. armchair opinionator permalink
    September 12, 2014 8:04 am

    I think he might get manslaughter.

    No-one shoots 4 bullets into someone ‘accidentally’ surely?

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    September 12, 2014 9:40 am

    No-one shoots 4 bullets into someone ‘accidentally’ surely?

    If I believed there was someone in my house, I would check to see where The Minister was (ie with me in bed!) then call 000 … and I if had a weapon I would then give two warnings …

    Its the first step that I could never understand … don’t you check to see your partner is safe FIRST?

    I can understand someone firing four shots in a panic … but as I understand it he was quite familiar with firearms … it did seem that he was aggressive rather than protective …

    I also believe “culpable homicide” has a fifteen year sentence … not exactly “getting off” …

    And as I said to The Minister last night … (and TR, hinted at above) … none of us have had the benefit of hearing and seeing ALL the evidence …

  7. September 12, 2014 10:06 am

    ” none of us have had the benefit of hearing and seeing ALL the evidence …”

    Yes, but that’s never stopped us from passing sentence before, and rightly so!!

    Guilty!

    HANG HIM!

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    September 12, 2014 10:23 am

    … but that’s never stopped us …

    That’s a royal we, I take it? Or a Geordie, us? (Watched George G again last night 🙂 )

  9. September 12, 2014 10:29 am

    “Watched George G again last night”

    Aaargle! Was it a repeat? How come I missed it?

    Just sent you an email BTW…

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    September 12, 2014 10:55 am

    don’t panic … repeat …

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    September 12, 2014 10:57 am

    Gotta go out – noice BTW …

  12. armchair opinionator permalink
    September 12, 2014 6:54 pm

    Now that we know it’s culpable homicide, does that allow steenkamp’s family to sue him for any kind of compensation?

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    September 12, 2014 7:24 pm

    … does that allow steenkamp’s family to sue him for any kind of compensation?

    Well, assuming … repeat assuming … that SA law is (as our is) based upon Common Law foundations … yes …

    Criminal cases are based on the premise of “beyond reasonable doubt” …

    Tort (civil wrongdoing) is based upon the concept of “the balance of probability” …

    I would suspect that a civil case against Pistorius may actually be difficult … but possible …

    Since my wins against the Commonwealth/ADF, Axminster carpets, APIA (and a few minor issues) … my kids want me to study fkn law! I keep reminding them that I’m retired!

    In other words – KL … as The Minister, says, “… he’s just a Bush Lawyer … ” I should add that the my love of my life adds … “but a bloody good one”

    OK, on my second WT – hic – and soda -hic -BTW that’s only on Fridays … these days … gotta keep that 10kgs off!

  14. Meta permalink
    September 13, 2014 7:20 am

    (I keep reminding them that I’m retired!

    Excuses, excuses: Oldest uni grad, 97, beats own record as he earns fourth degree )

  15. armchair opinionator permalink
    September 13, 2014 9:27 am

    I find this article interesting and i’m inclined to agree.

    Pistorius has ‘literally’ [whatever that means] got away with murder.

    Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp’s relationship was far from ‘normal’
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/12/oscar-pistorius-reeva-steenkamp-murder-normal-relationship

  16. armchair opinionator permalink
    September 13, 2014 9:48 am

    this run of comments is quite funny

    IonaForrest
    12 September 2014 7:36pm

    A suspended sentence is appropriate. Oscar has suffered enough.

    Pagey IonaForrest
    12 September 2014 7:38pm

    I’m not as certain as you are. He’s still alive.

    pipeman IonaForrest
    12 September 2014 8:04pm

    Reeva Steenkamp’s family might well – quite justifiably – disagree.

    moretsu IonaForrest
    12 September 2014 8:14pm

    If he’s imprisoned will you write to him and propose?

    smuglyfrombrazil IonaForrest
    12 September 2014 8:26pm

    Would your parents agree with that sentiment if had been shot four times through a door by a gun-happy, volatile boyfriend?

    MasalBugduv IonaForrest
    12 September 2014 8:58pm

    @Oscar has suffered enough – I know. The jokes on sickipedia about him are just terrible.

    jagara1 IonaForrest
    12 September 2014 9:48pm

    Hardly, judging by the smirk on his face as he was leaving court today.
    He seems to have made a good show of vomiting and drizzling snot while he ‘cries’, which doesn’t fool some of us.

    Oakhorn pipeman
    12 September 2014 10:13pm

    “Reeva Steenkamp’s family might well – quite justifiably – disagree.”

    Yes, but we don’t leave justice to victim’s families for a damn good reason…

    Imhavingafag IonaForrest
    12 September 2014 10:17pm

    Whatever you say, Mrs Pistorius…

  17. Meta permalink
    September 13, 2014 11:07 am

    (If I were chancing a lay comment, I’d almost suspect that the judge has opted for a ‘sound’ decision on a solid foundation of ascertained ‘fact’ and essential law. If and how guilty (mens rea) was Pistorius? Subjectively, not as much as if his actions (actus rea) had been adjudged purely objectively. It’s Oscar’s microcosmic reward for be(hav)ing irrational(ly): not murder per se, nor innocence, either; and that loop-y-ness does rebound on him; as contra law, and as general-criminal and unappealing-personal culpability for unlawful killing. Did he ‘get away with ‘it’? Literally, yes and no, and no; he was heard, and heard very well, if I understand the emphatically ‘subjective’ turn of phrasing and reasoning, and still found wanting considerably. Perhaps.)

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    September 13, 2014 12:34 pm

    Excuses, excuses:

    Chuckle 🙂 and I’d never get to read/comment here …

    And …

    If I were chancing a lay comment

    What M said …

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