Oscar evidence won't be rehashed in detail - judge

2014-09-11 10:48
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 - Judge Thokozile Masipa promised on Thursday there would be no exhaustive "rehash" of evidence during her judgment of murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

"It shall not be possible, nor will it serve any purpose, to rehash the evidence in detail," she said in the North Gauteng High Court.

She said three issues arose during the trial, but that these had subsequently lost their importance. The three were possible police contamination of the crime scene, the length of the extension cord that disappeared from Pistorius's bedroom subsequent to his killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, and the authenticity of police crime scene photos.

"These issues have paled into insignificance in light of the rest of the evidence," she said.

As she read, her two assessors, Themba Mazibuko and Janette Henzen-du Toit, sat quietly on either side of her. Apart from Masipa's voice the only other sounds in court GD were the ticking of laptop keyboards, and someone occasionally clearing their throat.

Pistorius sat still, but appeared to cry quietly when Masipa began describing Steenkamp's fatal injuries.


Earlier, Judge Masipa read out the athlete's plea.

"The accused pleaded not guilty to count one... He pleaded not guilty to counts two, three and four."

She said the 27-year-old athlete described the death of Steenkamp as a "tragic one which occurred after he had mistakenly believed an intruder or intruders entered his home" to harm him and Steenkamp.

She read a short piece from Pistorius's testimony, where he described the moments leading up to the shooting.

Masipa read how Pistorius heard the bathroom window sliding open and how he armed himself.

"[Pistorius said] he was on stumps so unable to run away or defend himself," she read.


She said Steenkamp's body sustained no further injuries after the shooting.

"The State's case was that the accused and the deceased had an argument and the accused had intentionally shot the deceased who had locked herself in the toilet," she read.

Masipa went over the evidence of some of the neighbours.

During the trial Pistorius 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 says the murder was premeditated.

When the trial started on 3 March, Pistorius pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, and to three firearm-related charges.

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act - one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public.

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