Pistorius murder trial judge named

2014-01-17 21:04
Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AP)

Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AP)

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Johannesburg - High Court judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa has been appointed to hear the case of Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, which opens in early March, a judiciary official said on Friday.

Pistorius is set to go on trial on 3 March for the Valentine's Day murder of his lover Reeva Steenkamp.

He will also answer charges for discharging a firearm on two separate occasions before Steenkamp's death.

Masipa, 66, was appointed a judge in 1988 in what was then the Transvaal Provincial division, becoming only the second black woman to be admitted to the bench during the apartheid era.

She was a social worker and journalist before studying law at the University of South Africa.

Masipa was assigned Pistorius's trial in a routine allocation of court cases.

Pistorius has denied murder, saying he shot her through a locked bathroom door in his upmarket Pretoria home because he thought she was an intruder.

- A previous version of this story made specific mention of the fact that the appointed judge is female. News24 regrets inadvertently reinforcing gender stereotyping, it bears no relevance to the story in question.

 

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