NPA disappointed by Pistorius verdict

2014-09-12 12:19
Oscar Pistorius is comforted by his uncle Arnold Pistorius (left) after being acquitted of murder in the North Gauteng High Court. (Alon Skuy, AP, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius is comforted by his uncle Arnold Pistorius (left) after being acquitted of murder in the North Gauteng High Court. (Alon Skuy, AP, Pool)

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2014-09-12 12:09

Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down her judgment in the North Gauteng High Court on Friday. Watch. WATCH

Pretoria - The NPA on Friday said it was disappointed by the North Gauteng High Court ruling which acquitted Oscar Pistorius of murder and found him guilty of culpable homicide.

"At this point the matter is not concluded. We are still waiting for the sentence. It's only after the sentence that the NPA can weigh its options and see whether they can take the matter forward," National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Nathi Mncube told reporters outside the court.

"We feel at this point we should respect the process that is still under way."

Flight risk

Mncube said the court should consider denying Pistorius bail as he was a flight risk.

"He has gotten rid of all his movable assets so we feel he is a flight risk at this point. Except his family, he doesn't have anything keeping him in South Africa," he said.

"The court must consider keeping him in custody until the matter is finished."

Pistorius was also acquitted on charges of illegal possession of ammunition and one charge on the illegal discharge of a firearm in a public place.

He was found guilty on the illegal discharge of a firearm in Tashas restaurant in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, in January 2013.


On Thursday, Judge Thokozile Masipa acquitted Pistorius of murder finding that the evidence with regard to the charge was "purely circumstantial".

However, she said Pistorius was negligent when he fired four shots into a toilet cubicle that killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013.

Pistorius, 27, said he thought an intruder was behind the door of the toilet in his Pretoria home when he shot through it.

The State argued the murder was premeditated.

Pistorius pleaded not guilty to all charges.

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