Oscar appeal: Quotes of the day

2015-11-03 14:27
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PICS: Oscar's SCA hearing

View pics from the Supreme Court of Appeal as the State argues why Oscar Pistorius should be convicted of murder, and not culpable homicide.

Bloemfontein - Five judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal heard arguments by the State to overturn Oscar Pistorius's conviction of culpable homicide for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

- Read more: Judge Masipa made errors in law - Nel

Here is a compilation of quotes from the day:

"There's no place to hide." - Justice Eric Leach on the toilet cubicle

"If you put four shots through the door you must know that you will kill somebody." - Leach again

"...he genuinely believed she was in the bedroom." - Defence lawyer Barry Roux

"Did he [Pistorius] honestly believe he was entitled to shoot that person?" - Leach

"The question is why did he shoot?... there was a trigger element... Did he just go into the bathroom and fire shots because it is a practice time?" - Roux, arguing Pistorius was anxious

"Does a person with anxiety have a licence to shoot?" - Justice Elizabeth Baartman

"That's why he was convicted of culpable homicide." - Roux's reply

"Of course he should not have fired four shots." - Roux

"The court never went back to discuss the circumstantial evidence of what happened in the bedroom." - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel

"What we have to know is he did shoot in circumstances when he had foresight... that would be the end of the matter." - Nel

"What I find more troubling is how she [Judge Thokozile Masipa] dealt with [police ballistics expert Chris] Mangena’s evidence. You don’t understand how she gets to where she does in that she basically accepts what the accused says: if he wanted to kill, he would have shot higher. That is completely contradictory to his evidence." - Judge Steven Majiedt

Read more on:    gerrie nel  |  oscar pistorius  |  barry roux  |  bloemfontein  |  pistorius trial

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