Pistorius trial ends on cliffhanger - As it happened

2014-09-11 12:00

Judge Thokozile Masipa has ended the first day of her judgment in Oscar Pistorius's trial on a cliffhanger and will continue on Friday.

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Last Updated at 19:45
11 Sep 16:10

Here is everything you need to know from today's court proceeding.

Oscar Judgment Day 1 summary WATCH:


11 Sep 15:30

And that is where we'll end updates today. We'll be back tomorrow morning at 07:00 but News24 will continue bringing you coverage of the trial throughout the night. 

Cheers for now.


11 Sep 15:15
Pistorius and his family have arrived back home. The end of a long tough day for him. And it continues tomorrow.

11 Sep 15:09

11 Sep 14:58
"Pistorius leaves court through great heaving throng of TV cameras and people with camera phones," tweets David Smith.

11 Sep 14:55
"Asked Pistorius how he felt the day went but he looked straight ahead, said nothing and kept walking," tweets The Guardian's David Smith. 

11 Sep 14:50
Wow. That sure is a big group of people. 

11 Sep 14:44
"Oscar is still sitting in a corner of the courtroom talking to his aunt. His sister is sitting on the arm of his chair stroking his head," Wiener tweets. 

11 Sep 14:43
Mandy Wiener tweets: "So - there is a difference between OP 'SHOULD HAVE' foreseen and OP 'DID' foresee consequences of actions. ie Masipa believes him."

11 Sep 14:29
And with that Masipa concludes for the day. Talk about ending on a cliffhanger. 

11 Sep 14:27
OP acted too hastily and used excessive force. His conduct was negligent. 

11 Sep 14:26
TM: Accused knew there was person behind toilet door, chose to use firearm, he was competent as he'd been trained.

11 Sep 14:24
OP had time to think and consider actions. I'm satisfied his actions weren't that of a reasonable person - TM

11 Sep 14:23
OP's conduct could be better explained by looking at his background (paranoid mother).  It is just that. An explanation. Many people in this country have been victims of crime and not resorted to firearms. - TM

11 Sep 14:22
TM: At time Pistorius heard window slide open, he was nearer to balcony than the bathroom (ie he could have called for help)

11 Sep 14:21
TM says accused could have called for help in less time it took to shoot through the door.

11 Sep 14:21
Why couldn't OP call security when he heard the perceived intruders, asks TM. 

11 Sep 14:20
Many people in this country with no security at all, says TM, saying OP had other options for dealing with perceived threat.

11 Sep 14:19
Masipa: Defence tried to persuade this court that accused's disability rendered him more vulnerable.

11 Sep 14:18
OP appears to have composed himself.

11 Sep 14:17
TM cites case law showing days of total objectivity are over...what was reasonable in the past isn't reasonable today...

11 Sep 14:15
TM says this test asks if a reasonable person would have acted in the same way as the accused?

11 Sep 14:14
TM explains that the court must use the test of the Reasonable Man to determine whether OP was negligent or not.

11 Sep 14:14
TM now deals with negligence in culpable homicide cases.

11 Sep 14:13
Judge back. Court resumes. 

11 Sep 14:12
Court is silenced. Sounds like they're about to resume.

11 Sep 14:11
Nel and Roux are now back in court. But no Judge Masipa yet. 

11 Sep 14:11
"Keep in mind, OP could still face a jail term. Culpable homicide carries max of 15 years but no minimum sentence," tweets Mandy Wiener.

11 Sep 14:01
We thought proceedings would resume but Roux and Nel have left the court. 

11 Sep 13:59

11 Sep 13:58
Still no sign of the judge... 

11 Sep 13:48
"Even the lawyers we've been speaking to seem to say they don't quite understand the application of dolus eventualis by the judge," tweets EWN reporter Mandy Wiener.

11 Sep 13:39
Here are the latest stats on how News24 users think judgment will go. 

11 Sep 13:38
Everyone is back in court except for Judge Masipa. 

11 Sep 13:32
An emotional Pistorius is seen in the dock as judgment is handed down in his murder trial at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. 

11 Sep 13:28
We discuss all that has happened pre-lunch. WATCH: 

11 Sep 13:12
"If she finds him guilty of culp he may still get a prison sentence. But there is no prescribed sentence. Could also be suspended sentence," reckons attorney David Dadic.

11 Sep 12:59
Take a look at the media madness that accompanied OP's arrival at court this morning

11 Sep 12:56
Earlier OP sat praying with his siblings Aimee and Carl. 

11 Sep 12:37
Pistorius is now sobbing on his lawyer Brian Webber's shoulder.

11 Sep 12:35

Masipa stops speaking. OP is extremely emotional now. 

Masipa agrees to an early lunch. Court adjourns. 


11 Sep 12:33
OP is "rocking slightly in the dock, red-faced, crying, grinding his jaw", tweets Nastasya Tay. 

11 Sep 12:33
Question is did OP foresee the possibility of death when he shot, TM asks.  This is key to murder verdict. Answer has to be no. How could he? asks Judge.

11 Sep 12:32
Masipa explaining why there is no dolus eventualis - OP told several people same version of events in moments after shooting. It highly unlikely the accused made up version about intruder so quickly after shooting, she says. 

11 Sep 12:32
TM: The evidence does not support the state’s contention that this is a case of dolus eventualis.

11 Sep 12:31
TM dealing now with legal intent.

11 Sep 12:31
Masipa: There is no doubt that when the accused fired shots at the door he acted unlawfully.

11 Sep 12:29
TM: The accused said he did not intend to kill the deceased but the court is entitled to look at the evidence as a whole.

11 Sep 12:29

OP looks to as if he's breaking down. 

TM continues to read: The accused has not admitted that he had the intention to shoot and kill the deceased or any other person.


11 Sep 12:28

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