Judge Masipa starts Pistorius judgment

2014-09-11 10:14
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Judge Masipa is due to deliver a verdict in Oscar Pistorius's trial today. Here are all the pictures from the North Gauteng High Court as it happens.

Pretoria - Judge Thokozile Masipa began handing down judgment in paralympian Oscar Pistorius's murder trial in the North Gauteng High Court at about 09:30 on Thursday.

She was flanked by her two assessors, Themba Mazibuko and Janette Henzen-du Toit.

Earlier, she entered court GD and addressed murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

"Mr Pistorius you may remain seated until you're asked to rise," she told him as he stood in the dock.

After he sat down Masipa began reading her judgment from a hefty wad of paper propped up on a stand in front of her.


She began with a brief description of his house, at 286 Bushwillow Drive, in the Silver Woods Estate, Silver Lakes, Pretoria.

"To reach the bathroom from the main bedroom one had to go down a passage," she read.

"In the early hours of February 14, 2013, the accused shot and killed the deceased, Reeva Steenkamp."

Masipa then read the four charges.


Before proceedings started, a court official earlier put papers on her bench, and another ordered silence in the court.

"Before the judge comes in we want utter silence. And when she leaves no hustle and bustle, please, ladies and gentlemen," he said.

He also instructed that there be no eating in court and asked media to look after their cellphones and laptops.

Ahead of Masipa's arrival, the orderly instructed that phones' sound be switched off.

Pistorius, 27, said he thought an intruder was behind the door of the toilet in his Pretoria home when he shot through it. He fired four times, killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013.

The State says the murder was premeditated.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and to three firearm-related charges.

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