Oscar awaits his fate

2014-09-12 07:02
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)

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Pretoria - Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will hear on Friday if the North Gauteng High Court finds him guilty of culpable homicide.

This was after Judge Thokozile Masipa cleared Pistorius of premeditated murder during the first half of her judgment on Thursday.

However, Masipa found that Pistorius was negligent when he fired four shots into a toilet cubicle that killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Masipa adjourned proceedings before dealing with the matter of whether he was guilty of culpable homicide.

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 Steenkamp on 14 February 2013.

The State argued the murder was premeditated.

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

When Masipa found Pistorius could not be found guilty of murder Pistorius heaved a sigh of relief.

During the reading of the judgment he sat in the dock weeping, shaking and clenching his jaw.

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

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