Key quotes from Masipa's judgment

2014-09-11 15:32
Oscar Pistorius listens as judgment is handed down in his murder trial. (Phill Magakoe/Independent Newspapers/ Pool)

Oscar Pistorius listens as judgment is handed down in his murder trial. (Phill Magakoe/Independent Newspapers/ Pool)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - Judge Thokozile Masipa on Thursday started handing down her judgment in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, finding he could not be found guilty of premeditated murder.

Here are some key quotes from the judge so far:

On the State's case:

- "The State clearly has not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of premeditated murder."

- "Viewed in its totality, the evidence failed to establish that the accused had the requisite intention to kill the deceased, let alone with premeditation."

- "The accused therefore cannot be found guilty of murder."

On Pistorius's actions:

- "He took a conscious decision, he knew where he kept his firearm and he knew where his bathroom was. This is inconsistent with lack of criminal capacity."

- "The intention to shoot however does not necessarily include the intention to kill."

- "Clearly he did not objectively foresee this as a possibility that he would kill the person behind the door."

On Pistorius's own testimony:

- "The accused was a very poor witness."

- "The accused was, amongst other things an evasive witness."

- "He failed to listen properly to questions put to him under cross-examination, giving the impression that he was more worried by the impact his answers might cause rather than the questions asked."

On neighbour's testimony:

- "Most witnesses had their facts wrong."

- "I am of the view that they failed to separate what they knew personally or what they heard from other people or what they gathered from the media."

On the relevance of documented rows and expressions of love between Pistorius and Steenkamp:

- "Neither the evidence of the loving relationship or a relationship turned sour can assist this court to determine whether the accused had the requisite intention to kill the deceased."

Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  thokozile masipa  |  pistorius trial

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.