All eyes on Judge Masipa’s thinking in court today

2014-09-11 00:00

THE Oscar Pistorius verdict is likely to be delivered over two days. Here are six hints that will indicate which direction Judge Thokozile Masipa may be going.

• Does she accept the evidence of the state’s witnesses about the woman’s screams as true and credible or does she reject it as unreliable?

• Does she accept the ballistic evidence by Captain Chris Mangena, for the state, or that of Dr Roger Dixon and Wollie Wolmarans, for the defence?

• Does she accept the evidence by the pathologist Professor Gert Saayman that Steenkamp had eaten two hours or less before her death?

If she does, it may be bad news for Pistorius.

• Does she put any stock in the evidence of the defence’s experts like Professor Wayne Derman, Dr Gerald Versfeld and Professor Merryll Vorster about Pistorius’s vulnerability, fear and increased vigilance? If so, it could point to a favourable verdict for Pistorius.

• Does she accept or reject the Pistorius’s evidence about the night’s events? This will be a key indicator of which direction her verdict will take.

• Does she accept or reject the timeline of events put to the court by advocate Barry Roux, who leads Pistorius’s legal team? If she does, the verdict may go against the state.

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