Only Pistorius knows what took place – expert

2014-03-01 08:01
Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AFP)

Oscar Pistorius (Picture: AFP)

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State will try prove Reeva's murder was premeditated

2014-02-28 13:26

The state will try to prove Oscar Pistorius intended to shoot Reeva Steenkamp. That's the opinion of criminal law expert William Booth. Watch.WATCH

Cape Town – The State is likely going to struggle to to prove whether Oscar Pistorius intended to shoot his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, criminal law expert William Booth has said.

The world will be watching on Monday as Pistorius - once South Africa's golden boy - goes on trial for the murder of Steenkamp.

Steenkamp was shot dead in a toilet in Pistorius's Pretoria home on Valentine's Day last year. At his bail hearing, Pistorius's lawyer submitted he thought he was shooting an intruder.

Booth told News24 that the paralympian was the only person who knew exactly what happened.

"Circumstantial evidence"

“Oscar is the only person who can actually say what took place. The State is going to struggle to be able to find planned or pre-meditated murder," said Booth.

He said the State could bring in forensic evidence to try and establish some "form of planning beforehand, but I believe they are going to struggle to kind of establish that certainly beyond reasonable doubt” the murder was premeditated.

Booth said the problem was that there were no witnesses but “circumstantial evidence” to the case.

“Nobody can come to court and tell everybody that Oscar had tried to arrange this beforehand, said Booth.

He said if the State proved beyond reasonable doubt that the murder was planned or premeditated, then Pistorius could face life imprisonment.

Pistorius’ case has had people talking world-wide with interest from both news and sports growing for the true story of the fallen hero and his beautiful blonde companion.

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